Can a Man Lead a Non-Mahram Woman in Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question:Can a man lead a non-mahram woman in prayer, in public or private?


Answer: assalamu `alaykum

It would not be permissible for a man to lead a non-mahram woman in prayer in a secluded place where both would be alone. This is isolation (khalwa) with the opposite gender, which is strictly prohibited.

As for leading her in a public place, this would be permissible. However, proper decorum cannot be emphasized enough in such a scenario and if there is any fear of wrongdoing it must be avoided.

[Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]


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