Women Travelling Alone By Plane

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Azaadville


We always learnt that for a women travelling sharee safar distance she needs a mahram with her for the full travel?

Recently, I was told by an Aalim that she only needs the mahram to drop her by the airport and pick her up from the airport eg a women is travelling from Joburg to Durban, so she only needs a mahram to drop her by the airport here in Joburg and a mahram to pick her up from Durban airport (that means during the flight she travels alone)

can Mufti Saheb please clarify for me what is correct 


Our Darul Ifta’s view is that a woman cannot, under any circumstances, undertake a Shar’ee Safar (77.25 kilometres and above) alone, regardless of what conveyance she is travelling in.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

سفر شرعی (۴۸ میل) کے بغیر محرم یا  بغیر شوہر کے عورت کو اجازتنہیں خواہ کسی سواری سے ہو، ہے تو وہ سفر شرعی ہی،  اس پر احکام شری مرتب ہوتے ہیں مثلا نماز کاقصر کرنا و غیر ہ ۔فقط واللہ سبحانہ وتعالی اعلم۔(فتاوی محمودیہ ۱۰/۳۳۱)

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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