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Female friends travelling for a holiday without a mahram

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Q: One of my cousins and her friends are planning to go on a holiday, which requires 1.5 hours to 3 hours flight journey and staying there for 7 days in a friend’s known family guest house.

My question is, can they travel without a mahram? They are taking the fact that a woman can travel from one safe place to another.


A: It is not permissible for a woman to travel for the distance of 78 km or more without a mahram. The Hadith which prohibits a woman from travelling without a mahram is general. Hence, it will also apply to this case.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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