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Question # : 1128


Asalam-ala-i-kum, I am working in Singapore and follow Hanafi maslak. The mosques here have seperate section for the women to pray.(men not allowed in those sections, i.e. full seclusion from men's praying area) Given these conditions, what is the command as per the Hanafi maslak for women to pray in mosques? Can you please specify the rules for the conitions when there is any other option avaliable and otherwise.

Answer : 1128

Published on: Sep 9, 2007

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 816/816=J)


It is Makrooh-e-Tahreemi (undesirable to an extent of haram) for women to go to mosque for praying salah with jamat. But, if they attend mosque at night with their husbands observing purdah then it may be allowable. After all, their salah in house is more virtuous and better than in mosques. When at the time of Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), praying salah behind the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was not better than praying in houses then how can it be better in this age of mischief behind a common Muslim?

عن ام حمید امرأة ابی حمید الساعدی انھا جاءت النبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم فقالت: یا رسول اللہ! انی احب الصلاۃ معک، قال: قد علمت انک تحبین الصلاۃ معی و صلاتک فی بیتک خیر من صلاتک فی حجرتک و صلاتک فی حجرتک خیر من صلاتک فی دارک و صلاتک فی دارک خیر من صلاتک فی مسجد قومک و صلاتک فی مسجد قومک خیر من صلاتک فی مسجدی، قال فامرت فبنی لھا مسجد فی اقصی شئ من بیتھا و اظلمہ، فکانت تصلی فیہ حتی لقیت اللہ عز و جل (کذا فی مجمع الزوائد: 2/33،34)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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