Muslim women have been banned from travelling more than 48 miles from their homes without being chaperoned by a male relative, according to a fatwa issued by one of Islams leading universities.
The ruling was made by the Darul Uloom Deoband, the leading Islamic university founded in northern India in 1866, which has millions of followers from Bangladesh and Pakistan to Muslim communities in Britain. Its fatwa was issued after a female follower had asked: Is a married woman permitted to travel to another country with her female sibling?
In a reply on the Deoband website, she was told: She cannot travel without a mehram (male relative). Its mentioned in the Hadees that a woman should not travel for more than 48 miles except in the company of a mehram relative.Its response, which was delivered on International Womens Day, provoked anger among Muslim women activists who said it was based on conditions in the Arabian Peninsula more than 1,400 years ago and no longer relevant in the modern world.