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Prohibiting Woman from Traveling Alone

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 179
Prohibiting Woman from Traveling Alone

989. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to make a journey of one day and night unless she is accompanied by a Mahram (husband or any other relative to whom she is prohibited to marry).”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

990. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “No man must not be alone with a woman except in the presence of  her  (Mahram). No woman should travel except in company of a (Mahram).” A man said: “O Messenger of Allah! I have been enrolled for such and such expedition, and my wife left for Hajj.” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said to him, “Go and perform Hajj with your wife.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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