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 […]

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 […]

Is It Sinful for a Female Student to Be in Seclusion With a Male Examiner?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum As a female medical student I have to be in a room alone with a male examiner for examination. Am I sinful? Does it mean that I can’t become a doctor? Answer: assalamu alaykum Being in seclusion with the opposite gender is prohibited. Scholars define “seclusion” as […]

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 […]

Is It Permissible for Me to Whatsapp My Fiancé?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I recently got engaged. My fiancé and I live in different countries so we are not able to talk in person so we decided to message each other via Whatsapp. Does this count as seclusion? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May […]

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 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. […]