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Women traveling alone

Fatwaa ID: 1564

Question:
السّلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

A group of women traveling alone for different purpose/needs is becoming norm of present era. One of them is a group of women going alone on cottage trip out of travel distance to take a break from everyday life and spend some good relaxing quality time with other women.

A group is being organized in our community and some women want to go but not comfortable with it being out of the travel distance.

So the questions some of us have are:

  1. Are there any rukhsa that can be applied here to give mothers break as she always neglect her own need over others, so this way they can take a break and enjoy other mothers/friends company in relax environment.
  2. If there is no rukhsa can be applied here, would it be ok for these women to go with a group and their mahram male would be traveling in different vehicle for a cottage trip in near by area such that they are separate but within 5-10 km of the woman’s cottage?

Please note that there are no cottages are available within travel distance and also there is a talk about having some durus on cottage but nothing is confirmed and that would be a secondary goal, not primary.

We would appreciate reply asap. JazakumuAllahu Khayran.

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

May Allaah Ta’aala reward the mothers for their selfless dedication in taking care of their children. Their full reward is with Allaah Ta’aala and only He can give it. It may be encouraging to be reminded that the children are a form of sadaqah jaariyah. The parents will continue to reap rewards due to them even after they have passed on.

It is important for the parents, especially mothers, to take breaks and refresh their minds and energies. However, this must be done in an appropriate manner sanctioned by the Shari’ah. It will not be permissible to do so in a haraam manner.

Just because something is becoming the norm, it does not make it permissible nor justifiable. Likewise, giving it an Islamic touch does not make it halaal. Having “duroos” at an impermissible occasion or trip is making a joke and mock out of Deen. Such is detrimental.

Nevertheless, it is not permissible for women to travel a distance of safar alone or in women only groups. This is expressly prohibited by Nabi ﷺ. The women must be accompanied by each of their husbands or mahrams. Keeping this principle in mind, the answers to your queries are as follows,

  1. She may not travel alone or with a group of women to a place safar distance away from her husband or mahram. She may go to a place nearby instead. There is no dharoorah or haajah to push for a rukhsah.
  2. Yes. That is permissible.

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

01/15/1445 AH – 08/02/2023 CE | AML1-8135

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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