WHEN IS A MAN A VALIDMAHRAM FOR A JOURNEY?

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) branded a woman who goes on a journey without a valid Shar’i mahram as one who does not believe in Allah and the Day of Qiyaamah. A woman who proceeds on any journey without a valid mahram, be it for Hajj, is cursed. Her ibaadat is rejected and she remains under the la’nat of Allah Ta’ala and His Angels as long as she is on the journey and away from her home.
WHO IS A VALID MAHRAM
A mahram refers to a male who is a close relative of a woman with whom marriage never was permissible nor will ever be permissible. Father, grandfathers, sons, maternal uncles, paternal uncles and nephews are in this category. A woman is allowed to go on a journey with these mahram males. However, there are two conditions which qualify a mahram to be valid for accompanying the female. These are:
(1) Buloogh (adulthood)
(2) Aadil (uprighteous)
If the male is under 15 years, he will not be adequate for being the mahram of a woman on a journey.
If the mahram is baaligh (an adult) but is a faasiq, i.e. not uprighteous, then too it will not be permissible for a female to travel with him even if he happens to be her father or son.
MISUNDERSTANDING
A grave misunderstanding is that as long as the male is an adult and a close relative, a woman can travel with him. When the mahram cannot fulfil the duties for which he has to accompany the woman, his companionship with her is meaningless, in fact detrimental for her Imaan and Akhlaaq (character).
HIS DUTY
The duty of the Shar’i mahram is to safeguard the honour of the woman with whom he is travelling. He has to attend to all her needs and affairs along the journey. He has to protect her and ensure that she remains in hijaab/purdah. It is his Waajib duty to keep her safe from all aspects of moral fitnah to the best of his ability. If the mahram is a faasiq, he will obviously be careless and unconcerned in such matters which the Shariah imposes on him. The most important duty of the mahram is to guard the hijaab of the woman. A modernist/faasiq in the first place does not believe in the
Qur’aanic ahkaam of Hijaab. He is not concerned with whom the woman will speak and mingle nor does he see anything wrong with strange men conversing with the woman. Such a mahram is vile, shameless and dishonourable. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) described such a mahram as a dayyooth (evil cuckold).
He is NEVER an adequate mahram for a woman on a journey. It is haraam for a woman to go on a journey with such a
mahram even if he happens to be her son.
EVIL PRACTICES
Another misunderstanding is the idea that as long as a mahram is accompanying the woman, other males may also travel in the same vehicle on pleasure trips. It should be well understood that to do so will be permissible only when necessary. But to plan a pleasure trip or a holiday from home in such a way that all and sundry travel in the same vehicle, is not permissible. The common holidaying practice is for a man to travel together in the same vehicle with his
sisters-in-law or other females for whom hijab is waajib (obligatory). Even if a mahram is with, the purpose of his
companionship is defeated and negated in this situation. Contact with ghair mahram males with its evil moral consequences is an almost certainty in this situation.
INCOMPETENCE
A lad who has just become baaligh (attained puberty) although technically a valid mahram, will be inadequate for the journey if he lacks full jurisdiction over the female with whom he is travelling. His companionship is meaningless if he is unable to exercise authority over the woman. If the woman travelling with him is domineering and refuses to obey him in Shar’i matters, then such a mahram is not adequate for the journey because he will not be in position to fulfil the duties of mahramiyyat which the Shariah imposes on him. This is the same as a lawful guardian of a minor. If the guardian is unable to fulfil the duties of guardianship, custody of the minor may not be assigned to him notwithstanding his initial right of guardianship. Nowadays, people are extremely careless in these matters. Women go in droves on journeys, especially Hajj journeys either without mahrams or with incompetent mahrams. Instead of the Hajj journey being an ibaadat of thawaab, it is transformed into a journey of athaab (punishment).

AWAKE TO THE CALL OF ISLAM RAMADHAN 1442

OUR ROTTEN, CORRUPT SOCIETY

OUR ROTTEN, CORRUPT SOCIETY

INVITING ALLAH’S ATHAAB

An eye-opener for Muslims, is the following lament of a Sister from the U.K.

“Assalamu Alaykum,

Regarding the fatwa issued by 17 scholars in Pakistan on Travelling without a Mahram and the response by The Majlis, I have some thoughts on this as a female living in the West (UK), second generation who always saw women living in the UK as females who went out, shopping, work, etc etc. It was all normal to me as I did not grow up with knowledge on this subject. Islam was very foreign to me in terms of masaail. However at that time there was no open mixing between the learned and unlearned. People kept within the limits to a great extent. When I was a teenager, not that long ago, this changed.

I have witnessed married scholars, muftis groom girls many years younger than themselves. Whilst Islam permits polygamy and the age difference isn’t an issue, they did not have the right intention as they continued to groom these girls without directly going to their fathers and asking for their daughters hand in marriage despite being in contact with the father.

They would use their knowledge of deen as a way of grooming these girls, talking daily, putting down their first wives and second wives to the teenage girls. This didn’t just happen in front of me but all over the UK. Some of these scholars commit zina with these girls and then use the leverage of exposing the girl if she goes to expose him due to their status in the community. People will believe him and not the naive teenager. Seeing this over and over, created a very choking environment for me. I alerted the elders many a time but despite them agreeing the evidence was there, nothing was done.

These scholars audaciously come in front of the families of the teenager and befriend them. They have no shame at all. It is very difficult for these girls to understand that one day they will have their own true loving husband because these scholars have no intention of marrying them and just stringing them along and doing whatever they can do to them in that time. So many have not been exposed because it would hurt the future of the unmarried girl. It is like they are stuck in this foggy environment where they cannot see right from wrong (we could go into the effects of fluoride here but this can be researched separately).

The 17 scholars state that time has changed so the fatwa needs modernising. Yes times have changed, they are worse. Taqwa has left. Openly sinning is the norm. Shame has left.

I enrolled and taught at different Islamic schools and madaaris and it is so easy for Shaitan to make the male and female teachers commit haraam because the parents are not around, families are not around. In the UK we have ‘safe’ means of travel in general, buses and trains and plenty of places to meet up with the opposite gender. Unfortunately there are teenagers who have had an abortion because they found themselves in the position they preached against, whether a normal every day Muslim or a student of knowledge. It’s happening in all scenarios. It’s not just the molvis and apas and madrasah students. It’s even those who are deendaar people who would never think of themselves to commit zina but have and as Muslims we should, in this day and age, absolutely accept every single advice of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Shaitan is the third party no matter how strong you think you are. The modern times makes it so easy for Shaitan to push us. The opportunities are there, the hotels are there, the travel options are there. One finds themselves saying it is haraam and the next second Shaitan has swept us off our feet in a situation we do not want to be in yet this brain fog stops the male and the female from leaving.

The Majlis has quoted several news articles regarding Islamophobia all over the world including the UK. In the UK people generally spread the news of a recent attack on Muslim women in their own areas and I know there are hundreds of more incidents that could have been added from the UK alone. Niqabs are being pulled off frequently but most of these are not reported. The women in that area are afraid to the extent they don’t talk about it. The answer would be to stay home but going back to my opening sentences, we are so used to going out and about despite now having the deeni knowledge we once didn’t have but then we are afraid of the consequences. We have to admit that trying to be progressive is of no use as when these muslimahs report it to the police or the supermarket then they are told there is nothing we can do. We can’t expect protection of Allah Ta’ala when we go against His Deen.

Despite all of the above, there is a change in society now. The knowledgeable deeni people are being replaced with a fresh new wave of Muslims, reverts and those Muslims who had no knowledge their entire lives but are now turning to Allah azza wa jal in hope and fear. People I would not have imagined wanting to fully practise the Deen of Allah azza wa jal are now turning to Him. After seeing the negatives above, this is very refreshing.

I cannot fathom how 17 scholars came to such a ruling because I am just one random person with very little experience and I have seen in the Haram Shareef men talking to young girls openly just like you witnessed decades ago. I have seen the stares from the young males in front to the young girl a few feet behind during tawaaf of the Ka’bah. This was a few years ago and now fitnah is worse and more open to be seen by all.

I do not need to be a mufti to see that it is unsafe for women to emerge. Recently two 14 year olds were attacked in the UK on a bus. They had friends with them. They were approached by a woman telling them to take their hijab off. I remember my teen years, we would go out on the bus and teenage Muslim girls seem to be louder than non Muslim girls. Loud giggling and cackling. I was quite shy as a teen but I was still out and about as it was the norm. It was only when I started to hang around with the non-Muslims at school did I learn proper adab and that you can be calm and respectful. I didn’t understand what the muslimahs were trying to prove by acting that way. It was very depressing. I am not saying these 14 year olds were doing that but only a 10 year old kid came to their rescue and he was attacked for doing so. The muslimahs were brutally attacked and the male who was with the attacker blocked anyone from helping the teenagers. In such an open environment I don’t see how he blocked others from helping except that this is a wake-up call from Allah Ta’ala. But instead of Muslim females acknowledging this, they protest and rant at the ‘injustice’ – that no one is helping them.

My understanding of life as a female in the west in 2020 in that we need to go back to the basic rulings of Islam from ancient books and go through each ruling one by one and act on them. We need to shun modern rulings because Allah Ta’ala is very openly telling us this is not the way. We need to accept our role and it isn’t a regressive one. This role protects us from abuse of the men outside, it means all those teenagers, now full UK adults will have no regrets of being groomed and abused. It means that mothers can concentrate on the tarbiyah of their children. It means we can complete all our qazas which majority of people in the UK have due to the schooling system instead of going to all the Islamic talks and wasting time. It means we can then catch on when a scholar makes an odd statement and not follow him blindly. If a scholar says a female can be an aalimah, hafizah and gain a degree at university then perhaps he has some things going on in his life in conflict with Deen such as attending mixed events himself because even if this aalimah sticks to her study at university and prays Salah in the Salah room, the males on the other side of the cloth still manage to gain opportunity to talk to her and make her feel worthless.

I could write an entire book on the issues that women face, the grooming, the attacks but it will not achieve anything because a muslimah needs to accept that the rulings of the early Fuqaha are Islam and this is the only way that she will find protection and ease of heart in this world. She can still have a business from home, she can still study, she can do anything within the comforts of her own home in this day and age. There are many arguments these females are putting forward to justify their need to go out but they are not valid because generally what they mean is they do not put trust in Allah and are putting trust in modernism to save the Muslims. But it isn’t working out . We’ve had all of these years of modernism, where has it got us? We can be modern. We can take the good and leave that which causes harm. This is the balance Islam provides but not accepting that the harms in the dunya are as a result of our own misconduct is something we need to work on.

From my experience, the people who spout corrupt fatwas are participating in the corruption themselves. They may only be a little into it but not realising the effects it can have on the Ummah.

Reading the examples in your book, gave me many flashbacks of the things I and other females have witnessed. It is only Allah Ta’ala’s fazl that I and other females in the west are still on the path of Islam as the roads we have tread upon were very far from Him. May Allah azza wa jall forgive us all and allow us to feel content on the rulings of the fuqaha so that we can enjoy eternall bliss in Jannah. Ameen. Wassalam (End of the Sister’s letter)

COMMENT

The ‘scholars’ to whom the Sister refers are in reality shayaateen (devils) in human bodies or men with the hearts of wolves as mentioned in the Hadith. They are Iblees-incarnate. They plunder the hayaa (shame and chastity) of females who are vulnerable due to their natural attribute of nuqs fil aql (intellectual deficiency). Taking gross satanic advantage of such vulnerability these devilish molvis and sheikhs gratify their zina lusts without any semblance of Imaani conscience or fear for Allah Azza Wa Jal.

These scholars of lust and agents of Iblees are the primary cause for the ruin and destruction of the Ummah. They are the worst kind of traitors in the Ummah. Under subterfuge of their outward Islamic appearance they perfidiously perpetrate heinous and scandalous crimes of zina and concupiscence. It is difficult to believe that such scoundrels as described by the Sister have any Imaan.

Further, the reality on the ground – the real dangers to which Muslim females outside the home have to be confronted with, at the very minimum testifies to the colossal ignorance of those muftis who have the temerity to issue corrupt and stupid fatwas legalizing the haraam act of women travelling without mahrams. In fact, it is haraam in our day for women to venture out of their homes to attend to even needs within the neighbourhood. In these times of fitnah and fasaad it is incumbent for a mahram to accompany a woman when she desires to visit even a next door neighbour for a valid reason. These muftis who disgorge stupid zigzag fatwas are described as mufti maajin by the Fuqaha. They are moron muftis who are adept in the art of stupid and devious interpretation for abrogating Shar’i ahkaam which have come down in the Ummah from the era of the Sahaabah. These moron muftis are in the satanic game of fabricating a new shariah to appease the modernist zanaadaqah.

Be exceptionally weary of the muftis of this age. A sincere Muslim will not become enmeshed in the tentacles of deception of the maajin muftis, if he consults his heart, for Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek a fatwa from your heart.”

20 Jamadul Awwal 1441 – 16 January 2020

WOMEN TRAVELLING WITHOUT MAHRAMS

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A ZIG-ZAG BAATIL FATWA OF THE KORANGI MUFTIS
The muftis of Mr. Taqi Usmani’s Darul Uloom in Korangi, Karachi, Pakistan issued the following baatil fatwa regarding a woman travelling without a valid Shar’i Mahram:

TRANSLATION
“Question: What, is it permissible for a Mahram person to leave at the airport a woman who will travel alone in the plane, then at her destination another Mahram will receive her?”

Answer (by the Korangi muftis):
Be it clear that in general conditions (aam haalaat) it is not permissible for a woman to travel without her husband or a mahram even if the journey is by plane. However, if there is a dire need (shadeed majboori) which compels a woman to travel without a mahram, then in such a case it is permissible for her to travel with a group of pious women on condition that there is no fear of fitnah.

Since the time travelling by plane is not much, the fear of fitnah is minimized. Hence, in the case asked (in the question), if truly the need is dire, then there appears to be scope for this when a mahram leaves her at the airport, and another mahram receives her at the other airport, and furthermore, if there are pious women with her on the plane, and she does not have to pass the night at some place.”

(End of Korangi’s Zig-Zag fatwa)
OUR ANSWER AND COMMENT
An essential requisite for a Mufti engaged in the duty of Ifta’ is that he should have Taqwa and be far-sighted. It is not permissible for a moron to be or to act as a mufti irrespective of the academic course of Deeni study he had pursued.

If a mufti lacks a panoptic view of the scenario of the case regarding which a fatwa is sought, then it is not permissible for him to issue a fatwa. Lack of sincerity, worldly and nafsaani motives, inadequate comprehension of the kutub, and lack of panoptic vision induce a mufti to issue zig-zag fatwas. He attempts, albeit abortively, to navigate between Haqq and Baatil to produce fatwas – liberal fatwas – to assuage the questioners, and this evil has greater applicability if the questioner is wealthy or belongs to the ruling class of scorpions. Little does such a mufti maajin understand that in the department of Ifta’ he is in a veritable spiritual minefield. If the Fear of Allah Ta’ala is not embedded in his heart, he will blow up and destroy his Imaan with his zig-zag and even blatantly baatil corrupt fatwas.

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