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Helping a non-mahram woman

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Q: Is it allowed to protect a helpless, na-mahram female?

For example, at school, if some children plan to throw something (for instance, a bottle or a ball) on a specific na-mahram girl who doesn’t have a guardian at school (such as an elder brother or the like), nor has the confidence to take action against theses stupid boys (after the incident happens), firstly, would it be permissible for one to protect her from this (there are no elders one can turn to at that exact moment, because the deed would be done by the time one involves an adult into this matter)?

Secondly, would it still be permissible for a na-mahram to defend her even if he has feelings for her?


A: The better thing is to advise the girl to stay at home. Then she will not be embarrassed in this manner.

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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