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Assisting a non-mahram woman

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Q: Is a brother (caller of Islam) obliged to continue helping a sister with disabilities if she has no one? She learns the deen through him instead of others. If the brother is choosing to not help her, will he be responsible before her in the Hereafter? He is choosing to not help her, because he cannot deal with her.


A: The hadeeth has strictly prohibited seclusion with a woman. Assistance has to be given through some woman. And if there is no woman then at least two or three people should be around when assistance is provided to this woman.

If he feels that there are others who will assist then he is not responsible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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