Q: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
"It is not lawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the Day of Resurrection to travel for a distance of one day and one night except with a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative)."
Some claim that as people nowadays use cars it is permissible for a woman to travel from
Riyadh, for example,
or to any other distance covered by a car in less than a day and a night, although it may take more for camels to cover it, as cars are now the standard means of transportation. Please advise and convince them of this Hadith.
Some of the Sahih (authentic) Hadith that were mentioned on this topic were restricted to three days; others were restricted to a day and a night; others (Part No. 17; Page No. 338) were restricted to another period of time; and others were not restricted at all. The most authentic opinion is that there is no definite concept for restriction; the prohibition is for traveling without a Mahram in general, whether for a long or short distance, and whether this is on foot, by car, by plane, or by camels. Thus,
it is impermissible for a woman to travel without a Mahram for any distance. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.