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Q37 - Is it allowed for a Muslim woman to become an astronaut and travel to space without a mahram?

Question #037

Is it allowed for a Muslim woman to become an astronaut and travel to space without a mahram?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is generally impermissible for a woman to travel the distance of approximately 48 miles without a husband or Mahram. This is based on the authentic narrations which prohibit this.

Below is one narration narrated by Al Imam al Bukhari in his book:

حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ لاَ تُسَافِرِ الْمَرْأَةُ ثَلاَثًا إِلاَّ مَعَ ذِي مَحْرَمٍ ‏"‏‏.‏ تَابَعَهُ أَحْمَدُ عَنِ ابْنِ الْمُبَارَكِ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم‏.‏

(رواه البخاري في التقصير: باب في كم يقصر الصلاة - ١٠٨٧)

Narrated Ibn `Umar:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "A woman should not travel for more than three days except with a Mahram." (2.43, Hadith number 1087, Tawq ul Najah edition)

Therefore, a Mahram is absolutely necessary for a woman to travel any distance above this.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Student - Jamiah Islamiyah Abu Bakr

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Kasim Ingar


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