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Can a Woman Live Alone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I am single and I am working full time as a health professional. I have recently successfully applied for another job which might require me to consider moving away from home. There is the option to stay at home but for other reasons I feel there may […]

Is It Disbelief to Disagree That Being Alone With Someone of the Opposite Gender Is Sinful?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum Is it disbelief if a muslim, while being alone with a teacher of the opposite gender in a classroom, thinks that it is not something wrong? Can you tell me how I can truly repent? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, True repentance entails leaving the sin, having […]

On the Etiquette of Seclusion: A Comprehensive SeekersHub Reader

The etiquette of seclusion form the 16th chapter of Imam Al-Ghazali’s seminal work, the Ihya, which is widely regarded as the greatest work on Islamic spirituality in the world. Islamic Time Management – Imam Ghazali on Careful Use of Time Seclusion and Contemplation – SeekersHub Podcast Fiqh of Adhan and Iqama when Praying Alone Can […]

Can a Woman Travel Alone for More Than 48 Miles If There Is a Benefit?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I want to attend a 2 weeks Islamic retreat which is around 200 miles away from my home. Unfortunately I have been unable to arrange for a mahram to accompany me. Is it permissible for me to attend this retreat? Answer: assalamu `alaykum You may attend such an event […]

What Is the Distance a Woman Can Journey Alone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, Is it permissible for a woman to travel alone to visit her grandmother in an hospital which is 30 km from her home? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. Yes, you can visit her provided it […]

Harms of Aloneness: The Prophet’s Firm Discouragement of Living or Travelling Alone

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade remaining alone: that a person sleep alone, or that they travel alone. [Ahmad, Musad, from Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him)] This prohibition is for discouragement–dislikedness (karaha), as mentioned by the majority of the scholars. [Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, others] The wisdom in this discouragement relates […]