A woman travelling without a Mahram in order to safeguard her religion


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

A woman has recently embraced Islam and she wants to travel to a place with a dense population of Muslim, however she has no Muslim Mahram (to accompany her). What does she do in this case, and what is your advice?

📝 Answer:

We advise her to travel even without a Mahram, because she is fleeing (in order to safeguard) her religion. She should flee with her religion from places of widespread Kufr to places where there is a Muslim majority. This is from the angle of ‘committing the lesser of two evils in order to avert the more harmful of the two’.

So she is not sinful (for travelling without a Mahram) in this case, if she is travelling in order to safeguard her religion; based on the principle of, ‘committing the lesser of two evils in order to avert the more harmful of the two’.

Therefore, It’s permissible for her to relocate to a place where there are many Muslims and where she will feel safe and face less harm; there is nothing wrong with this. Although, if she is able to make Hijra to a Muslim land, then that is better.

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Translated by:

Abu Hudhayfah Saami Al-Hindi

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Original Fatwa:

https://t.me/ibnhezam/5780