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Is It Permissible for a Woman to Pursue Her Studies in a Foreign Country Without a Mahram?

Hanafi Fiqh

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Question: Assalam Alaikum,

Does the Hanafi school deem permissible for a woman to pursue higher education in a foreign country without a mahram?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

According to the Maliki school, a woman may travel by herself without a mahram as long as the trip is not longer than 24 hours.

Please see: Can a Women Travel Alone for Islamic Educational Purposes? [Maliki School]

It is permitted to take a dispensation from another school in the presence of a need or benefit.

Please see: Do I Have to Follow Every Single Ruling of My School of Thought?

And Allah alone gives success.


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