Asslam u alaikum Wr Wb,
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The basics of Aqeedah to be right is the first and of utmost importance for the Muslims. So much of in today’s world does the Muslim go astray just because either they don’t read for themselves and don’t actually ponder over if it’s right the way that they are following their religion, Or just some accustomed beliefs being practiced for years and years. They might be right for all i say but why confirmation might leave you breathless. You might be going too hard on yourselves whereas it would be too easy in the first place. One of the basic purposes of Quran is to make your faith right, by following only the sahih teachings. Now there would be many times when it’d be too hard to do just that but then again Allah rewards the one who is striving and that is something that cannot be denied.
Another question to be discussed here, its a very confusing for many of the muslimah’s . I hope someone get a little benefit insha Allah.
At first i’d like to quote an ayah from Quran ,
And do not say about what your tongues assert of untruth, “This is lawful and this is unlawful,” to invent falsehood about Allah . Indeed, those who invent falsehood about Allah will not succeed.
Surat An-Naĥl (16:116)
Now, there is not a single verse in the holy Quran which prohibits women to enter mosque nor is their a single sahih Ahahdith that condemns women to never to enter mosque. Infact,
There are several Ahadith which prove that both men and women used to go to the mosques during the life of the prophet (pbuh):
(i) The Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah.’ [Sahih Muslim Vol.1 Chapter 177 Hadith No.886]
(ii) And husbands were specifically told by him, “If the wife of any one of you asks permission (to go to the mosque) do not forbid her.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book of Salaah, Chapter 80, Hadith No. 832)
(iii) From the time the Prophet (pbuh) entered Madinah, after Hijra, till his demise, he never prevented women from entering the mosque.
(iv) It is reported by Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (Pbuh) said: “The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones are the last. The best rows for women are the last ones, and the worst ones for them are the first.” [Sahih Muslim Vol.1 Chapter 175 Hadith No.881)
Based on these ahadith it is very much permissible for women to go to mosques . Infact, women from all over the world go to mosque for umra and hajj ! The biggest mosque of all. There are mosques in which women not only pray but also receive religious education apart from some countries like India and Pakistan. I wonder why always? Why is there everything so different here? & the people who are trying to do the right are condemned of falsehood, pretty strange but very true too.
There’s this hadith that is actually used in defense for women to stay at home rather pray at mosques even at auspicious occasions like Eid or Taraweeh or Itikaaf ( women aren’t allowed to do itikaaf at home ; another huge misconception which i’ll be discussing soon insha Allah ). SO, the hadith with its true contextual meaning goes like :
Abdullah Bin Mas’ud reported the Prophet (pbuh) as saying: It is more excellent for a woman to pray in her house than in her courtyard, and more excellent for her to pray in her private chamber than in her house. [Sunan Abu Dawood Vol.1 Chapter 204 Hadith No.570]
If you base your conclusion only on this single Hadith, then you may wrongly conclude that it is not advisable or preferable for women to go to the mosque. However, your conclusion cannot be based only on one Hadith neglecting or ignoring all the other Ahadith. The context of the Hadith is also very important.
The Prophet (pbuh) said that if a person prays in the mosque he gets 27 times more blessings (Sawab). Some women argued that they had infants at home and other household work and therefore could not go to the mosque. Thus, the men would have a greater advantage than women for receiving such blessings. It is then that the Prophet (pbuh) said the above Hadith.
References : Dr. Zakir Naik.
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