Seclusion in the Office

Ustadh Tabraze Azam answers a question about what counts as seclusion if one works is a closed office anyone can access at any time. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I work in a small office whose main door is routinely closed, people can do routinely enter and exit but someone from the […]

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 […]

Is It Permissible for Me to Stay in a Flat With My Brother’s Wife If a Child Is With Us?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum If I am living in a flat and for a few hours during the weekdays there remains only me, my brother’s wife and her small male child in the flat, would this constitute unlawful seclusion? Answer: assalamu alaykum Seclusion (khalwa) is legally defined as a man being […]

Intermingling With the Opposite Sex During Hajj and Work

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: 1. When is a female transgressing in haram when she is performing hajj in the presence of other men. For example considering that there is over a million people during hajj, is it haram if a female accidentally touched a male during tawaf? What if she wants to get […]

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

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 […]

Can a Taxi Driver Serve the Opposite Sex, Transport Customers to Haram Locations, or Transport Customers Carrying Haram Items?

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum, I am a taxi/cab driver. My only role is to take people from A to B. I mainly deal with corporate customers (lawyers/bankers, etc). However there are a few issues that are bothering me! Now that I have started practicing, Alhamdulillah, I don’t feel right in […]

Guidelines for Interacting With the Opposite Sex

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Question: Being put in situations with women leaves me confused with no idea about how to interact with them.  I know the issues of khalwa and modesty are important, but I don’t really understand what they practically mean or how to put everything together.  Could  you provide some detailed guidelines […]

Hadith About Seclusion (khalwa) and Unmarriageable Kin (mahram)

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: I recently came across a hadith in English that says, “[t]he man must not be alone with a woman except in the presence of her mahram.” Would you happen to know the book of hadith in which this saying is found. I have not been able to locate it. […]

Studying With A Male Teacher: The Issue of Seclusion (khalwa)

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: My neighbor is having Arabic lessons from a brother in her home. Can you tell me if it would be permissible for me to attend, as it would just be me, my neighbor and the brother who is teaching and it would be in her flat. I understand […]