As-salamu alaykum. Is it permissible for Muslim women to write letters to Muslim men who are held in prisons in non-Muslim countries (sometimes in solitary confinement) in order to raise their eeman and keep their spirits high at a difficult time? Some sisters are claiming that it is necessary for them to do this even though these brothers in prison may be married (as may the sisters themselves) since there are not enough men writing letters to these prisoners. It is well-documented that women (including Muslim women) may become infatuated with male prisoners by writing letters to them especially if the men write back. What is the Islamic ruling on this issue and does the issue of infatuation have any bearing on the ruling? If it is permissible to write these letters, are there any Islamic guidelines regarding the content? Jazakallah khayr.
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