Khulwah in a shop

Q 3: Sometimes a woman is compelled to be in Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex) with a retailer when purchasing some necessities. What is the ruling of Shari`ah (Islamic law) on this?

A: It is not permissible for a woman to be in Khulwah with a man who is not (Part No. 17; Page No. 230) one of her Mahrams (spouse or unmarriageable relative) for any reason whether for purchasing or any other purpose. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: “No man should be alone with a woman, for the third of them is the devil.” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.