Mistakes: Having A Laid Back attitude in the affair of seclusion with a strange man or woman

It is neither permissible for a man to be in seclusion with a woman in a house, or in a car or other than that; nor is it permissible for a woman to be in seclusion with a strange man in a house, or in a car or other than that. This is due to the saying of the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam): ”Let not any of you be in seclusion with a woman, except in the presence of a male relative of hers.” (i.e. a relative she is not allowed to marry- such as her father, husband, brother, uncle, grandfather etc ) [Bukhaari and Muslim]

And also in (Bukhaari and Muslim) the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”A man is not secluded with a woman, except that shaytaan is the third of them.”

The impermissible seclusion is that which (includes) being behind closed doors, or in a room, or in a car and what is similar to it, or being out of sight. These are the (cases) of forbidden seclusion and this is how it is defined by the jurists. [Source: Al-Mindhaar Fee Bayaani Katheer Minal Akhtaa Ash-shaa-i-a: 112-113 of Shaikh Saaleh Aala Shaikh]

Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)

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