Traveling for Women ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain one important thing that has become controversial for some Muslims. What I mean is whether a woman can travel alone without being with her husband or men who can maintain her safety. Maybe you have heard that there are groups of Muslims who allow women to travel alone and there are groups of Muslims that prohibit it. The question is how do we understand that. So, if you want to know the answer, then you should read this article to the end!
As usual, before I explain traveling for women further, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Traveling for Women
The hadith about traveling for women that I mean is as follows;
عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَخْطُبُ يَقُوْلُ : لَا يَخْلُوَنَّ رَجُلٌ بِامْرَأَةٍ إِلَّا وَمَعَهَا ذُوْ مَحْرَمٍ , وَلَا تُسَافِرُ الْمَرْأَةُ إِلَّا مَعَ ذِيْ مَحْرَمٍ . فَقَامَ رَجُلٌ فَقَالَ : يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ إِنَّ امْرَأَتِيْ خَرَجَتْ حَاجَةً , وَأَنِّيْ اُكْتُتِبْتُ فِيْ غَزْوَةِ كَذَا وَكَذَا . فَقَالَ : انْطَلِقْ فَحُجَّ مَعَ امْرَأَتِكَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhu, he said, “I have heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam preaching. He said, “Really, men shouldn’t be alone with women in a quiet place unless the woman is with the man who becomes her mahram. Women cannot travel except with men who are mahram. ” There was a man standing up and then saying, “O Messenger of Allah, verily my wife went to perform the Hajj and really I was required to do this war and this war.” He said, “Go and make the pilgrimage with your wife.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
All Readers! There are some important things about the above hadith that we need to know;
First; The hadith explains that men should not be alone with women who are not his mahram. Vice versa!
Second; the hadith explains that women should not travel except with men who become her mahram.