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Can a widow without a mahram travel alone?

Fatwaa ID: 1985

Can a widow without a mahram travel alone? (Widow has been living independently in the same place where she was when her husband was alive due to her job.She does not have any children.) Her marham Brother and Father lives 17 to 18 hours flight journey away and cannot accompany her due to their financial restrictions. Please answer as it is very important for her to make further decisions in her life.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy. The protection, honor and well-being of a woman is generally in being near her mahrams. Since the husband has passed away, if feasible, she should move close to one of her mahrams. Nonetheless, in the absence of a mahram, she would be excused to undertake journeys alone but only when necessary, provided that there is relative safety. Istighfaar should be made. Leisure and unnecessary travels should be avoided.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/04/1445 AH – 12/18/2023 CE | 739

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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