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Living alone without a mahram

Fatwaa ID: 796

Question:
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. As I know, women are not allowed to travel more than 48 miles without a mehram, however, I was wondering if she is allowed to stay alone without a mehram? For example, her mehram drops her off at a college dorm and picks her up, so when she is traveling to and fro, she has a mehram, but whilst living there, she has no mehram.

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

Shari’ah has emphasized on the importance of protecting women and ensuring their safety at all times. Just as it is impermissible for her to travel alone without a mahram, it is also impermissible for her to live alone without a mahram. A mahram must always remain within the safar distance from a woman. This is for her own benefit and protection.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/16/1444 AH – 03/08/2023 CE | AML1-7246

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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