Fatwa ID: 02568
Answered by: Maulana Javed ibn Nazir Kachhalia
A local institute is offering tajweed classes for sisters. Due to issues with finding a female teacher who can commit to teaching on weekends, they have taken on a respected male as the teacher.
There will be 3+ ladies attending and it is an open classroom.
I have been told there are no issues with a male teaching female, but could you provide an opinion on this?
It is better and safer for women to learn Tajweed/ Qur'an or Islamic Studies from a woman. This can be done either by face to face or distance learning (internet or other platforms).
If a Sister Teacher is available within the town or city, but can’t make it on a specific day, the classes should be held when the female teacher is available.
Many scholars have written that impermissibility when there is a female teacher available in a town or city.
After trying to accommodate the female teacher, still nothing is possible, then the last resource will be to use a male teacher with some guidelines and conditions:
- This should be done behind a screen. The male teacher should listen to them behind the screen and also sit behind the screen.
- None of the Sisters should speak in a soft voice that can attract attention. Allah says in the Qur’an:“…then be not soft in speech…” (Surah Ahzaab v.32)
- The male teacher should have a Mahram woman attending the class for protection of fitnah and temptation. 
Only Allah knows best.
Written by Maulana Javed ibn Nazir Kachhalia
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
Some of the points can be found in AhsanulFatawa Vol 8, Pg 43, Saeed Company.