Travelling without a mahram
Q: I am an unmarried working woman and my questions are: 1. Can I travel with a non mehram senior colleague through plane from Lahore to Karachi? 2. Can I stay in Karachi for a week with that senior colleague in separate rooms? 3. Can I go to visit Karachi beach with 3 male colleagues after office? Please guide me in both the cases if I have option to avoid this situation and if I dont have an option to avoid. I shall be thankful to you for your timely guidance.
A: 1. It is not permissible in Islam for a woman to travel for the distance of 78km or more without a mahram.
2-3. This is totally against the Islamic teachings and values that a woman travels in this manner and interacts freely with na mahram men. Islam lays great emphasis upon adopting the values of modesty and shame. Once a woman exposes herself to these type of situations, she looses her shame and modesty and risks her Deen and respect. The Hadith clearly explains that whenever a na mahram male and female are in seclusion, then the third person present is shaytaan. Shaytaan misleads a person in different ways. At the beginning, shaytaan engages him/her in a “decent conversation”, thereafter the relationship progresses till the point where one commits the ultimate sin. For further details refer to http://muftionline.co.za/node/419 and http://muftionline.co.za/node/7720
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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