The prohibition of interaction between non-mahram male and female is a bit exaggerated by many Muslims. It's not as strict as many give it off to be. Some times it's subjective on the person. Here are some points to consider and you can make your own restrictions upon yourself =
- The verse from Surah an-Nisa 24:30 does NOT forbid us from looking at females =
قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
As you can see, what it forbids us from doing is to freely looking at things in general and keep guard our genitals. "lower the gaze" is a mistranslation and doesn't agree with the Arabic of the ayah. Because the words are "yaghaddoo min absaar" = ghadd literally means "loose" or "relaxed" and not lower.
In fact, there are hadiths attributed to the Prophet Mohammed where he told someone to LOOK (anthur alaihaa) at the woman he was interested in marrying.
- The saying attributed to Rasolullaah states =
لا يخلون رجل بامرأة إلا ومعها ذو محرم
**No man should be alone with a woman except with a mahram **
The word attributed to the Prophet is yakhloona this comes from Khaloo which means empty or completely vacant.
So it's haraam to be alone with a woman without her mahram in an place or area where there's absolutely no one around. Like, it's just you and her and no one can see you.
This doesn't mean you can't meet a non-mahram woman at a public place where people are around. It wouldn't be khaloo because it's not an empty place. As long as the proper manners are being implemented, it's fine according to Islam.
However, you know yourself better and if you feel you can't control yourself, you can use other means to protecting yourself.
- Now a person may claim that the verse in Surah al-Isra 17:32 =
وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا
And do not come near adultery. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.
Tells us not to come close to women or that even interacting with them is approaching adultery. But this is a farfetched un-Islamic interpretation. Because it's known that the Prophet himself use to interact with females and even teach them.
However, the only thing we can say is what's haraam from the very beginning is what's described in this verse as near adultery.
This would be being completely alone with a woman without her mahram. This is coming near adultery, even if you aren't committing adultery itself. Because you're already in the realm of haraam for being alone.
But as I mentioned earlier, you know yourself better and if you can't control yourself even if you just talk to a female, then don't do it. Simple. Yet, what's haraam is very clear in the Quran.
These are usually the main ayahs and hadiths people distort to exaggerate in forbidding. Allaho Alim.