Having friends of the opposite gender is haram on the basis that it may lead to Zina. However, what if the interactions one has is in public with lots of people or in a school environment where there is no place for intimacy and talking may also be done in groups etc (if the talking is not anything sexual/lust)?
Having friends of the opposite gender is haram on the basis that it may lead to Zina. -
This sentence is partly wrong. It is not due to the basis that it may lead to Zina, rather it is Zina. Take the following Hadith;
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has decreed for every son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one may wish and desire, and the private parts confirm that or deny it.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5889; Muslim, 2657.
As you can see here, speaking is also Zina. As a result, there remains no scope for you to say that oh, i do not have any ill intention so i can speak. Rather it is Haram in Islam.
Allah says, ""And do not go near zina. It is indeed a shameful and an evil path."
(Surah Al Isrâ’, Ayah 32)
Here, Allah didn't say to not commit zina, rather ordered not to even go near it.
An analogy of what this ayat means:
let us consider that you are the best circus shower of the country and you can actually do the rope trick without falling. that is, you can walk over only a rope without falling down losing balance. Then, is it permissible for you to put your life in danger walking through the rooftops ceiling considering the fact that you have 0.00001% possibility of falling down? NO! Islam does not allow oneself to endanger his own life by any means.
Similar to that, you cannot talk with opposite sex or interact with them, even though you are a saint. Watch this powerful video to understand this matter more clearly:
But, If the situation is like you need to interact with them for important works or job regarding situation, it is permissible, but then also in front of other people. But as you said, hanging out or talking without any need and just for passing the time is completely forbidden. Do not twist this any more.
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