Posted by: SAKINA AND SARA | March 8, 2009

Major Sins: Men and Women

Major Sins # 24

Being alone with a Non-Mahram Woman


Shaytaan is always keen to tempt people and make them commit haraam deeds.

For this reason, Allaah warned us (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan. And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaytaan, then, verily he commands al-fahshaa(indecency) and al-munkar (evil deeds). .”

[al-Noor 24:21]


Shaytaan runs through the veins of mankind like blood, and one of the ways in which he induces people to commit indecent acts is by leading a man to be alone with a non-mahram woman.


Islaam blocks this way by forbidding such conduct, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No man is alone with a (non-mahram) woman, but Shaytaan will be the third among them.”

(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 3/474; see alsoMishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3118).


Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “From this day on, no man should enter upon a woman house whose husband is absent unless there is another man or two with him.”

(Reported by Muslim, 4/1711).


It is not permitted for a man to be alone in a house, room or car with a non-mahram woman, including his brother’s wife or a servant. Similarly a female patient should not be alone with a doctor, and so on. Many people are careless about this matter, whether because they trust themselves or for some other reason, with the results that many commit indecent acts or take the steps that lead to them, which in turn results in the tragedies of confused lineage and illegitimate births.



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