On the prohibition against being alone with an unrelated woman

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

291. Chapter: On the prohibition against being alone with an unrelated woman

Allah Almighty says, "When you ask his wives for something ask them from behind a screen." (33:53)

1628. 'Uqba ibn 'Amir reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Beware of visiting women!" A man of the Ansar said, "What do you think about in-laws?" He said, "In-laws are death!" [Agreed upon]

1629. Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "None of you should be on your own with a woman unless there is a close relative of hers present (dhu mahram)." [Agreed upon]

1630. Burayda reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The inviolability of the women of those doing jihad with respect to those who stay behind is like the inviolability of your mothers. Any man who stays behind looking after the family of one of the fighters and then betrays him in respect of them, will have to stand before him on the Day of Rising and he will take from him any of his good actions he wishes until he is satisfied." Then the Messenger of Allah , may Allah bless him and grant him peace, turned to us and said, "What do you think about that!'" [Muslim]