Can a Muslimah attend University?

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Is it halal in islam for a girl to go to a mixed university? i will be going with my sister to take a teaching course. i live in england and there are no single gender universities in england or back home in jordan. if i wanted to study it would have to be a mixed uni as there is no other option. is this halal? we will go just to the class then our father will pick us up as soon as the lesson is over. 



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Sister in Islam,

Frankly speaking, we are all well aware of the fitnah that is widespread in universities, colleges, schools, etc. Attending such universities is “playing with fire.” Inevitably, you will be forced to communicate with men as well. The concept of Hayā (modesty) is absent in universities. As such, you will become prey to their habits and ways. We advise you to look for a career which you can obtain through correspondence. This will be beneficial for your Īmān and studies. There are many successful professionals who obtained their degree through correspondence courses. You may consult the appropriate persons for further advice on correspondence courses.      

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student, Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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