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Fatwa - Are women allowed to drive?

Q: Is it permissible for women to drive while adhering the laws of hijab? Today it seems a necessity for them to drop off and pick up kids from school as well as buying the household needs when the husband is at work. What if she needs to drive in order to go to her madrasah etc. be it for teaching or studying? Is there any set rule we can look at which we can apply on the different situations which come about regarding them driving? Also, if they just learn to drive "In case of emergency"?

 

A:

Ideally, a woman should avoid driving as this is better for her safety and protection. However, it will be permissible for women to drive when there is a genuine need, provided they adhere to the laws of Sharia and in particular the regulations of hijaab. However this is not something that is encouraged due to the fitnah and dangers that are associated.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Shafiq Jakhura
Iftaa Department, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

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