A woman traveling without a Mahram

Q 2: I live in Kafr Al-Zayyat and my faculty is in Tanta. The distance between both is thirteen kilometers. What is the ruling on traveling to the faculty without a Mahram (a spouse or an unmarriageable relative)? It should be taken into consideration that I also study Shari`ah (Islamic law) with the help of a Muslim sister.

A: The distance you mentioned does not need a Mahram. (Part No. 17; Page No. 306) However, it is not permissible for you to ride alone with a non-Mahram (not a spouse or an unmarriageable relative) because this is a prohibited Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No man should be alone with a woman, for the third of them is Satan.” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.