Greater Sin – Eating Pork or Being Alone with Opposite Sex

Which sin is greater - eating pork or being in khalwah alone with the opposite sex for educational purposes?

Eating pork without any shadow of a doubt is more haraam. The prohibition of pork is by Qur'anic text and hadeeth.

While, the prohibition of khalwah is derived from hadeeth, the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“When a man and woman are alone, the third is Satan.” [1]  

And also from Fiqh maxims by inference: What leads directly to haraam is itself haraam, or blocking the pathways to haraam (sadd ath-tharaai').

Allah knows best.


[1] [Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi and al-Haakim; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (2546)]

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