Shar’i rulings regarding Islamic sisters

Is a young girl allowed to travel to perform ‘Umrah along with her mother and a maternal male cousin?

Question 1: What have respected Islamic scholars and Muftis ruled on the following issue? A lady is going to perform ‘Umrah along with her nephew. The lady also has a young daughter and wants to take her to ‘Umrah along with her. Is it allowed for the girl to travel in the above situation? Will there be any leniency because of the mother accompanying the daughter during the journey?

بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ

اَلْجَوَابُ بِعَوْنِ الْمَلِکِ الْوَھَّابِ اَللّٰھُمَّ  ھِدَایَۃَ الْحَقِّ وَالصَّوَابِ

Answer: In the situation mentioned in the question, the lady is allowed to travel along with her nephew but her daughter is not allowed to travel. Being along with the mother will make no difference. It is necessary for the girl to travel along with her own Mahram. A maternal male cousin[1] is non-Mahram and Islamic veil must be observed with him. Therefore, if the lady wants to travel, she can do so but she cannot take her daughter with her. According to the blessed Shari’ah, it is Haraam for a woman to travel a Shari’ah-declared distance, i.e. 92 kilometres or over it without her husband or Mahram. Whether it is a journey of Hajj and ‘Umrah or for any other purpose, the same ruling applies.

وَاللہُ  اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہٗ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

Answered by: Abu Huzayfah Muhammad Shafeeq Attari Madani

Verified by: Mufti Muhammad Qasim Attari

Na’at recitation on television in Burqa’[2] or Hijab[3]

Question 2: What have respected Islamic scholars and Muftis ruled on the following issue? Is a woman who is wearing a Burqa’ or Hijab allowed to recite Na’at on television?

(Questioner: Muhammad Lateef, Allama Iqbal Colony, Rawalpindi)

بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ

اَلْجَوَابُ بِعَوْنِ الْمَلِکِ الْوَھَّابِ اَللّٰھُمَّ  ھِدَایَۃَ الْحَقِّ وَالصَّوَابِ

Answer: For a woman to recite Na’at is permissible and a means of earning reward. But it is necessary to ensure that her voice must not reach non-Mahrams. If the voice of a woman is so loud that it reaches non-Mahrams, it will be impermissible and a sin to recite it in such a loud voice. Whether she recites it in home or in the neighbourhood or in the street or in an open room or on the television, the same ruling will apply. For a woman to recite anything in a melodious voice that a non-Mahram listens to is a cause of mischief and is impermissible for the same reason. Therefore, it is unconditionally impermissible for a woman to recite a Na’at on the television no matter she does so while observing complete Islamic veil. Non-Mahrams also watch and listen to the television and the melodious voice of the woman also reaches them. Therefore, it is not permissible for a woman to recite Na’at in this case.

وَاللہُ  اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہٗ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

Answered by: Muhammad Naveed Chishti

Verified by: Mufti Muhammad Qasim Attari


[1] The sons of the brother of her mother

[2] A long loose piece of clothing that covers the whole body

[3] A head covering

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