Q. Is it halaal for females to stay in a hostel without a maharam away from home?
A. Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas has reported that Rasullah (SAS) said, ‘it is not permissible for a woman to undertake a journey without a Mahram’ (ie. a person with whom marriage is permanently forbidden).
Therefore, if a woman is carried to such a place as a female hostel, and left there, one should ensure it is a protected environment whereby such a woman would be able to practice the laws of Islam as well as be safe from all types of Fitnas (corruptions) and crimes etc.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Majid Khan