Islam and the Quran

Are Muslim Women Allowed to Go to Space?

Question: Can a muslim woman be an astronaut, knowing that there might be men with her? Can she go to Mars or the Moon and spend some days there ?

Being an astronaut is permissible both for men and women.

The points to consider are the same as in other occupations for Muslims:

–          A man and a woman who are not lawfully forbidden to marry each other (who are namahram) must not be alone indoors where there is not the possibility of a third person to get in.

–          One woman is allowed to be together with a group of men, even all of whom may be namahram.

–          Rulings of hijab must be observed in any case.

Since we do not have more information about the life in a space shuttle, this is all we can say.

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