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Why a Muslim Woman Can't Travel Alone????

Updated on October 4, 2009

In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful… I was not going to write this hub but the credit of writing this hub for readers goes to my Sister, who asked me a question; and trust me, when I read the question I felt that same like my Sister there are many Muslims who don’t know this even I personally was unaware with this and I went to meet a Muslim Scholar in Mosque near to my home.

The question is that “Why a Muslim woman / girl can’t travel alone and what if she travels with any of its relative” So Coming towards the answers as per words by that Scholar.

Islam has offered a Muslim Woman that she can travel within 48 miles which is 77.232 Kilometers alone but if she has to travel more far than this distance than she need a “Mahram” spouse, Spouse in dictionary means Close Friend or Husband of Wife but the concept of Spouse in Islam is that... Every that male with whom a Girl can never marry is spouse for her. It would clear you better that Spouse is “The Major Spouses are” Father, Brother, Uncle (Brother of both Father and Mother), Son, Husband. Here I would like to clear that normally even we Muslims thinks that Cousin (Son/Daughter of Uncle or Aunt) is Spouse “Mahram” for us but it’s totally wrong because with your cousin you can marry and there’s no restriction by Islam to marry your Cousin.

Now coming towards the 2nd part of Question that What if she travels alone or what would be the punishment if she takes anyone with her to accompany her. So, about the rewards of doing good and punishments of doing bad (Here good means Which Islam asks to do and bad means which Islam forbids) Islam has given in details like, I was reading a Hadith (Saying of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H) that which’s summary is that

“Abu zar Ghaffari (Razi Allah hun Anho) requested Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) that advice him something, so Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said that if any of sin is done by you so to remove the evil of that sin do something good means any virtue, He Abu Zar Ghaffari requested again what should he should, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said that Say “Laaa ilaa ha ill-lal-laah” Its’ more than every Virtue”

Here in the above Hadith Islam told the importance of reciting these Words similarly Islam has told us Punishments and Rewards of many actions, but about this question the Scholar answered me that “That the biggest punishment itself is that it’s prohibited by Allah and anyone who is disobedient of Allah, Allah will not be pleased by him/her. Allah is Allah, if Allah forgives someone, it’s another thing but there are some rules that need to followed that Sinners would go to Hell and Virtuous persons would go to Heaven yet if Allah wants to forgive any sinner; Allah Can, Allah has complete authority to do whatever Allah wishes...


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      3 years ago

      Mworkplace is more than 200 km away.I live alone near my workplce and visit home in weekend. I dont have anyone to accompany me. As everyone is busy with their own life and no one has time to escort me for a night long journey every week.Am I a sinner? If it is , then I am happy to be one. These baseless restriction has no place in society now.

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      6 years ago

      Asalam. Am married and my wife is schooling at univarsity over 100kms from home and she stays alone, is it haram

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      7 years ago from Sacramento

      Very informative. These days, traveling with a companion to any distant location is good advice for a man or a woman.

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Thanks for sharing such valuable thoughts here with everyone !!!

      I'm pleased to get a reader like you for words i have written here !!

      Keep blessed !

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Thanks for sharing your experience and thought with us here, I'm here not talking why a woman should travel or not travel; that she's trustworthy or not

      my intentions here to share this article is that What actually islam says about it - we are not here to challenge rules made by Almighty

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      8 years ago from Pakistan

      True and thanks for sharing it. Islam does not put hindrances in females outside activities by saying that a girl should accompany a mehram in far travels but it makes it easier for her to perform tasks because having a mehram around means that no stranger will threat her or abuse her.

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      8 years ago from Wales, UK

      Mmm. Not sure many Western women would put up with being told how far they can travel and with whom.

      Several years ago I spent some weeks in the USA and my wife travelled from the UK by herself (hair uncovered and arms exposed) to meet me there. I have no restrictions on where she can go or who she is friends with, male or female. She is my wife and she is my equal and she is free. However because of our love, we can trust each other, and do not need to sow seeds of paranoia about her being molested or falling foul of Satan's temptations.

      This limiting of women's freedom is nothing more than control. If a woman is molested, it is not her fault, it is the man's and only he should carry the guilt.

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks loveofnight

      Islam always give what human actually need and Allah as creator knows well that what is best for its creation

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      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      this is a very interesting hub....I love learning about the customs and beliefs of feel protection and safety is a good thing.

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing !

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      8 years ago from manchester UK

      these laws are there for our protection,So that we may be safe.

      Islam cares for the dignity and honor of the woman. Because of her weakness and vulnerability to being targeted by vile men, Islam is keen to close the doors to such situations by insisting that a woman should not travel long distances or stay away from home by herself unless she has taken adequate measures to ensure her protection.

      The Prophet said: "No woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day should travel a distance of a day and night journey unless her Mahram is with her".

      and ALLAH knows best

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for Sharing with us

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      8 years ago from Vaniyambadi

      A beautiful topic on Islam and Boundaries. Now i just want to give some examples: A female can never be friend with a male, somehow or other there would be some infactuation. Question of Mahram is that Mahram is related to own brother, Father, Grand Father, Father's brother, Mother's brother. Infront of these relatives a female can be without burqa/ naqaab. And cousins, they are ghair mahram. Anyone that is eligible to get married is called ghair mahram. When cousins (for example) are travelling together alone and it is very well known the play of satan how he corrupts the mind. And secondly female travelling alone on a long distance has to be very alert, careful that they dont fall into the wrong hands, and they are at greater risk. If not these two atleast there should be someone to tend her if any calamity of misfortune befalls. This is the reason for boundaries on travelling alone on a long distance by a female in Islam.

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      My pleasure to share

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for the interesting information. New to me

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Cheeky Girl

      1st of all thanks for commenting me; I'm sorry about tragedy you have in your childhood of loosing the best Gifts (Parents)

      I love to be independent because it teaches us lot and we have to manage however we do

      I can't claim that i understand you totally but i want you to share with me whatever you have in your heart; hoping that you would feel relaxed..

      Thank you Once Again !!

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy nilum,

      This is a very informative hub here. I like it. If you ever feel like your faith looks too much over one's shoulder, there's another side to that. I am an only child, but there are times when I wished that as many people as you mention here could watch out for me. (Parents died when I was a baby). It forced me to be very independent, but I find I crave the company of others a lot, possibly too much even.

      I think I would like to have people out there worrying over me just a wee bit more. I would feel like I somehow "belong" more, do you understand? Its sometimes a good thing for a person's faith to "watch out" for a person. (As long as it gives them breathing room too!) This is a good Hub, and I am grateful for it. Thanks!

    • nilum profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      To Waren E

      Now a days people have thousands peoples have misperceived many things about Islam; Islam is religion with boundaries and a Muslim have to live within them to get success in the world after Death !!

      To lyricsingray

      My Pleasure !!

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      8 years ago

      I have always wondered about this and so glad you wrote about it-Thanks!

    • Waren E profile image

      Waren E 

      8 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Interesting and informative hub,in both the Bible and Koran there is nothing wrong cousins becoming married,but for some reason modern societies see it as something other than normal,I happen to know many people who have married their cousins,and their homes are blessed and peaceful even prosperous!

      As for Muslim Women only allowed to travel within 48 miles which is 77.232 Kilometers alone,well that's something new to me as well,the few Islamic friends that I have never spoke of that one before,and it would make for a good conversation when I see them!

      Thanks for this interesting hub nilum,God Bless!


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