[Q 304] Can women use Taxis?


What is the ruling regarding women using taxis in UK?

Is the ruling conditional upon

– The doors are not locked so she can leave at any point

– there is a camera in the car

– if she is with another baligh woman

– if she is going through busy town centre as opposed to driving down country lanes

– if it is dark and using a taxi may be safer for Muslim woman as opposed to going on a bus/tram/train or walking at night/in dark winter etc

– if it is a continuous khalwat, for example she goes with a taxi driver a few times as opposed to a one off

-if the taxi driver is Muslim

What aspects are necessary for women to go in a taxi?

Can the answer to this question also be applied to women going in a non taxi car? For example, brother and sister in law

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب بعون الملك الوهاب اللهم هداية الحق والصواب


For a women to travel in a taxi with a non-mahram driver (be it a relative or a complete stranger), there are a few things to keep in mind.

The journey should be less than 92 kilometers, because it is impermissible and sinful to travel more than this without Mahram.

A woman’s clothing should not be so tight or thin that the shape or color of the organs is visible, but rather loose and thick clothing should be worn and the body is completely hidden. If in that country it is not illegal to cover the face, then it is necessary to cover the face.

During the journey, the woman should not be afraid of any kind of dangers, that is, the area should be peaceful and the woman travelling alone in a taxi like this, does not fear any danger.

As much as possible, try to travel with your Mahram or trusted women.

Note: It should be noted that if the windows of the car are such that the inside is visible from the outside, then it does not fall into the category of being in solitude. But still follow the precautions mentioned above.

Answered by: Mubashir Attari (AskMufti Scholar)

Verified by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Mawlana Gohar Madani

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