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Alone With a Non-Mahram at Work

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mahmoodiyah

Question:

What should one do if they have to stay late at work with a co-worker of the opposite sex to complete a project?

Does the rule, “One shouldn’t be by themselves in the company of non-Mahram” apply here? Why or why not?


Answer:

A strange male and strange female cannot be left alone in such a room in which there is no third person that can prevent them from doing anything unlawful or such a room which is closed.  If the room is open or there are other people around then the ruling that prevents them being alone which is found in the Hadith does not apply here.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah

Springs

02 February 2005

22 Thul Hijjah 1425

This answer was collected in 2012 from the website of Jameah Mahmoodiyah, South Africa. The original website no longer exists.

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