Can an Old Woman Travel Without a Mahram?

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Fatwa ID: 04955

 

Answered by: Maulana Nabil Khan

 

Question:

 

Can an old woman travel without a mahram?

 

 

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

 

Generally, it is impermissible for a woman to travel the distance of three days (equivalent to 48 miles) without her husband or a Mahram (unmarriageable kin) accompanying her.

 

There are many clear narrations of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) in this regard.

1) Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Let no woman travel for more than three days unless her husband or a Mahram is with her.” (Sahih Muslim)

 

2) Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “A woman must not travel for three days except with a Mahram.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 1036 & Sahih Muslim)

 

Based on these narrations the Hanafi jurists have concluded that it is not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram for any travel further than approximately 48 miles.

 

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Nabil Khan

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

 

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