what does Islam says about free-mixing between people of opposite sex?
All praises is due to Allaah and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Prophet... To commence: I have read the article written by some journalists in the magazine AI-Jazeerah, in which the free-mixing of the sexes was suggested at the elementary school level. Due to the detrimental consequences of this suggestion, I see fit to warn against it, so I say: Free-mixing is a medium that leads to much evil and corruption, so its practice is not permissible. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said; "Order your children to perform the prayer at seven years, spank them over it [at the age of] ten and separate their beds" [Abu Dawood] The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] ordered that their bed be separated because of their proximity to each order at the age of ten or more can be a cause of indecent sexual acts due to free mixing. No doubt, their gathering everyday whilst they are in the elernentary, ..;noo\level is also a cause of this, just as it means for their free-mixing in the remaining levels of education. . Under all circumstances the free-mixing of boys and girls at this level is evil and not permissible due to it leading to various types of immorality. The perfect Shariah has obligated the forbidding of the means that lead to Shirk and disobedience. Much evidence from the Verses of the Quran and ahadeeth have indicated towards this principle, if it were not for lengthiness I would have mentioned many of them. The great scholar ibn al-Qayyim, mentioned ninety nine pieces of evidence indicating towards this principle in his book Elaam al-Mawaqqieen]. We ask Allaah for guidance and success for all. It is sufficient for the sound minded to see what has occurred of immense immorality-in the- countries that have legalized free-mixing.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited