Are Women Allowed to Drive?

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Wednesday, November 27 2013
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Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you, dear sister, for your question that shows your interest to know the rules and teachings of Islam.

In fact, there are no impermissible (haram) deeds in Islam except those which are prohibited by clear proofs either in the Qur'an or the Sunnah, or the ones that violate or contradict the rules and teachings of Shari`ah. Driving, for men and women, is generally permissible as long as one is capable to and has the driving license.

In his response to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the (English) Shari`ah Dept. of Onislam.net website, stated

Generally speaking, women can drive as long as they are capable to and have the drive license.

I know that in some countries a woman is not permitted to drive, but this administrative rule might be based on some particular or local considerations which don’t affect the basic permission and legality in other countries of the world.

Given the above, both men and women are basically allowed to drive once they get the legal driving license. Drivers, men or women, should pay due attention to traffic and driving rules. They should not expose their or other people’s lives, health, or properties to danger.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.