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Males and females mingling in educational institutions

We reviewed request no. 1983 for the year 2003 which includes the following:

I request fatwa on the ruling for the mingling that occurs between the sexes in educational institutions, bearing in mind that friendships may sometimes exceed colleagueship.

Answer : Dr. Ali Goma Mohammed

There is no objection to mingling between males and females in schools, universities or other institutions provided:

• It does not transgress the boundaries of decorum and Islamic teachings.
• Females must dress decently; their clothes should not cling to the body nor be transparent and they should cover the body. Females must also lower their gaze and stay away from being alone with a member of the opposite sex, whatever the reasons.
• Both sexes are required to be mindful of Allah with regards to their eyesight (lowering their gaze), hearing and feelings. Allah said:

Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what they do.
[Qur'an 24:30] 
 
The Ruling
Mingling between the sexes is prohibited if they do not adhere to Islamic teachings and decorum and if it incites desire and leads to prohibitions.

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