Seek your father’s permission

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6464, Pages 289-290, Volume 12

Question: A young woman has a friend she has not seen for [a number of] years, and she wants to go and visit her, so is it permissible for her to go without her father’s permission? Bearing in mind that her mother permits her to go, and her brother will be accompanying her, however if her father finds out he will be angry; so is it best for her to seek permission from her father, or can she go without doing so?

Response: That which I am of the opinion is that she should seek permission from her father. That is because he knows better what is good for her. And if it was not that he felt harm may befall her if she went to see her friend, then he would not be angry if she went. So, because of this I say from [the etiquettes of] honouring her father is that this young woman does not go to visit her friend without her father’s permission.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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