Can a Women Travel Alone for Islamic Educational Purposes? [Maliki School]

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: As-salāmu ‘aliakum,

Could you give me the Mālikī stance on women travelling for Islamic educational purposes?

Answer: Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatullah, 

According to the Maliki school, a woman may travel by herself without a mahram as long as the trip is not longer than 24 hours and some say 72 hours. Since the trip between the UK and Yemen is less than 72 hours, that will be fine. This is of course as long as the route is safe and there is no fear of danger.


This ruling can be found in the commentaries on the section of Hajj in the Mukhtasar of Khalil in the discussion about the obligation of a woman traveling to Hajj.