Can a woman travel without a family member if the journey is safe?

Short Answer

Yes, if she travels where she will be around a group of people like in an airport or airplane and not alone like driving through a desert.

Reason for Asking the Question

There is a statement of the Prophet which prohibits a woman traveling alone. So the questioner wants to know if there is an exception to the rule.

What the Scholars Said

The Maliki school has allowed this as well as some scholars in the Hanbali and Shafi’i schools. [See Ibn Muflih, al-Furu‘; Nawawi, al-Majmu‘; Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari]

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