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Questionable statement regarding khalwah

Fatwaa ID: 900

Question:
Salam
My friend has asked the following question:

My husband was telling me about how the other day at work a woman was asking for a lift as taxis may not have been available due to the snow.
And for some reason I said “that’s not bad”
I stopped myself from saying bad but I know fully well that islamically, it is wrong to travel alone with a non mahram.
AstaghfirullAh I said that, I’m just worried incase na’oozubillah such statement can take someone out of the fold of Islam

Please can you clarify whether such a statement can take someone out of the fold of Islam
Jazakallah

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

What is the difference between a lift and a taxi? Why do you regard one to be haraam and the other halaal? Do they both not necessitate being “alone with a non mahram”? The reality of the matter is that in both of the scenarios, there is no khalwah found. Public roads do not equate to being alone. If a person of the opposite gender needs help or a ride, you are permitted to assist provided that you do so while remaining within the boundaries of the Shari’ah, maintaining the laws of hijaab and inter-gender interactions. Nevertheless, the statement in question did not take you out of the fold of Islam.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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