Category Archives: Traveling

Q. can you explain why some scholars allow a woman to travel alone for long distance?

A. you must ask them

Also, if you can give us their set of proofs, we would appreciate it

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

Don’t take the ‘baby’ soap from just any place!

Q. Can a hotel patron take ‘baby’ soaps, shavers, lotions, note pads, pens and other complementary gifts from hotel rooms? What can be taken without it being theft?

A. Things given to you for your usage as ‘gifts’ or as part of making your stay comfortable at a hotel/motel would remain permissible for you to take home with you. These ‘takings’ generally falls into the category of complementary gifts and function as an enticement to clientele.

To take away bed sheets, blankets, towels, towel racks, etc. would not be allowed, unless agreed upon. It is clearly understood that these items remain for in-house usage.

It would be best for you, if you are in doubt, merely consult with guest services and ask them for clarification as to what are the consequences if certain items are taken from the room. There response would be an indication of what would constitute theft or a gift towards its patrons.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

hajj with foster parent, etc

Q. Can I go for hajj with my aunt?  I drank her milk as an infant. It was for the first 6 months of my life. (in office question.)

A. One can go for hajj with the person that has breast fed them whilst they were in the state of infancy as described by you.

Pray for (me and) all Muslims whilst in hajj.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

travel and marriage

Asslm Moulana
I have 2 questions.
Q. 1) Can a female go aboard to university and her milk brother to be a mahram? It will be for about 4 years.

Answer: If seeking such education would be necessary, then by all means she can travel with her milk bother.

If the knowledge sort is not necessary, then too she could travel with him, but such a situation would not be recommended. Travel in Islam must have a purpose intended for a specific positive outcome for self and humanity.  Traveling for mere play and not needed information and education would be disliked in Islam.

Q. 2) Can a girl marry her mothers milk brother?         Time: Saturday June 13, 2009

Answer: No.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

Traveler (too tired to be more vocal)

Q. As salam alay Kum Wa rahmat ul Lahee a Barakatuhu

We went out for dawah with the jammat at isha time one of the Jammat member stepped forward to lead the isha Salat, the Ameer of the Jammat reminded everyone that we will be praying QASR (Trimming four raka’s to two due to traveling).  So everyone made their niat as such.  The imam stood up after the first tashahud and people in the congregation reminded him according to the prescribed method.  however, The Imam continued to finish 4 raka’s and performed salam.  Some brothers requested the Imam that he should have performed sajdah sahoo while some maintained its fine.  It was then recommended that everyone just follow the ameer’s decision and we ended up repeating two raka’s again and called it a day.  Although we cannot change what happened but does a situation like this warrant sahoo where there is a difference in niyat between the imam and muqtadee according to the hanafi jurists knowing that the difference is not in anything except in the Raka’s of Salah? Continue reading

Does a group of woman constitute mahram formation?

Q. Can a Muslim woman go on vacation with other Muslim women that are friends?

A. Vacation is a l luxury. A woman would not be allowed to go on vacation without a male mahram. A group of woman would not constitute mahram formation.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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Traveling Alone?

Q. Is it permissible for a Muslim female to travel alone for educational or work purposes, if she doesn’t have any mehrem.

Q. Under what conditions can a woman travel alone?

Answer: Kindly Observe the following ahaadith:

Sayyidina Abu Huraira (radiAllaahu anh): Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel for one day and night except with a Mahram.’

[Volume 2, book 20, number 194, Imaam Bukhari]

Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar (radiAllaahu anh) reports that Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)said, ‘A woman should not travel for more than three days except with a Dhi-Mahram (a male with whom she cannot marry at all, e.g. her brother, father, grandfather, her own husband etc.)’

[Volume 2, Book 20 number 193 Imaam Bukhari]

Sayyidina Ibn Abbas (radiAllaahu anh) narrates that that he heard Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) saying, ‘It is not permissible for a man to be alone with a woman, and no lady should travel except with a Mahram.’ Then a man got up and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) I have enlisted in the army for such-and-such battle and my wife is proceeding for Hajj.’ Allah’s Apostle said, “Go, and perform the Hajj with your wife.”

[Volume 4, Book 52, Number 250 Imaam Bukhari]

Thus, based on the above ahadith, approved consensus by the uluma have made it such that woman should not be alone beyond the distance of 48 miles. This would prevent her from been tempted to do wrong, prevents her from being wrongly accused, prevents her from being viewed as an ‘unchaste woman,’ eliminates or minimizes the possibility of her being harassed, etc. Religion has outlined prescriptions that are beneficial for us; we are unaware of its positive impact. It is only later in life that we appreciate its benefit.

Exceptional circumstances:

Under the principle of zarurah (extreme exigency) a non-permissible element (component, etc) can be made permissible. For example, she would have to prove that no one exists to support her, she is under traumatic conditions and is forced to reside away from her parents, she have to articulate abuse, show she has no caring brothers, lacks a caring and responsible uncle(s), etc. Thus, modern day scholars, with serious reservation have given an allowance of traveling without a Mahram under the aforementioned conditions.

Naturally, her first choice should be to reside in her home land to fulfill her halaal requirements. Should this prove difficult, traveling to strange land would be made permissible. In the process of such travel, she would be utilizing the rulings of Imaams Malik and Shafe’e. She would depart on the journey with a group of woman using extreme precaution and modesty; she should try and never be alone during the cause of travel. Stay with other Muslimahs at all times.

The only educational purpose she can travel for would be to again Islamic knowledge. This too should be undertaken with a group of woman. The imparting of knowledge upon her should be done in an islamiclly religious environment wherein men cannot prey upon her.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.