Traveling without mahram.

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1) Sayyiduna Abu Said al-Khudri (mayAllah be pleased with him) narrates that RasulAllah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: Let no woman travel for more than three days unless her husband or a Mahram is with her. (Sahih Muslim).
2) Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that RasulAllah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: A woman must not travel for three days except with a Mahram. (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 1036 & Sahih Muslim).
3) Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that RasulAllah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: It is unlawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the last day that she travels the distance of one day and one night without a Mahram accompanying her. (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 1038).
4) Sayyiduna Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that RasulAllah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: ‘A woman must not travel except with a Mahram and a man must not enter upon her except if she has a Mahram. (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 1763).

Imam Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) states in his monumental commentary of Sahih Muslim:

There are many such narrations that assert the impermissibility of a woman travelling without a Mahram. These narrations vary in their wordings. The narration of Ibn Abbas in Sahih al-Bukhari says that a woman must not travel without a Mahram, but it adds nothing else. However, the other narrations, in Sahih al-Bukhari and elsewhere, mention lengths of journeys for which a Mahram is required – some of the narrations specify three days, some two, some one, and some even less.

Imam Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) mentions that the difference found in these narrations is due to the different questioners and the places wherein the answers were given to them. al-Bayhaqi said: It is as though RasulAllah (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) was asked regarding travelling for three days without a Mahram, and he refused. He was then asked about her travelling for two days, and regarding one day, etc and each narrator related from him what he heard. (See: Commentary of Sahih Muslim by Imam Nawawi, 1015).

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