In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy


Among the means of protection against (lewd acts or fornication) is that it is prohibited for a man and woman to be in seclusion – that is a woman to whom the man is not a Mahram. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, “A man is not secluded with a woman (i.e. a woman whom the Islamic law does not allow him to be secluded with), except that shaytaan is the third of them.’’ [Ref 1]

Therefore, a man should not be in seclusion with a woman whom he is not allowed (to be in seclusion with) – neither in a house nor in an office; neither in car nor in a land, nor any place. There has to be someone present with them in order that they are not in a state of seclusion. But if none else is in a place except a man and woman (i.e. a man and woman- both of whom the Islamic legislation does not permit to be in seclusion), then it is not allowed, for indeed shaytaan is with them. And what does shaytaan do to these two people who are in seclusion? He makes them fall into immorality (or lewd acts). [Paraphrased. Source: It’haaf At-Tullaab Bi-Sharhi Mandhommah Al’Aadaab ‘ page 90]

Ref 1: Saheeh Al-Jaami’ Number 2546’ page 498


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