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Can women pray in mosque?

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My question is that can women goes to mosque for prayer if not why because it was allowed when prophet (PBUH) was present then according to which law women were stopped to pray in mosque. And when Prophet (PBUH) said in Fatah- e- Makkah that Islam is completed today or something similar to this ALLAH forgive me if I am wrong then stopping women going to mosque is bidat or Sahaba were allowed to make imminent in Dean. Please answer my question according to Quran and Hadith. May ALLAH give you success in this world and the world here after AMIN.

 

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Can women pray in mosque?

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.

 

Abu Hurairah relates that the Prophet (saws) said: "Do not keep the slave girls of Allah (believing women) from going to the mosques of Allah. And they are to go out unperfumed."

 

Ibn 'Umar reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "Do not prevent the women from going to the mosques, although their houses are better for them."

Related by Ahmad and Abu Dawud.

 

Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "Any woman who uses some scent should not be present with us during the night prayer."




Related by Muslim, Abu Dawud, and an-Nasa'i.

 

Umm Humaid as-Sa'diyah came to the Messenger of Allah(saws) and said: "O Messenger of Allah, I love to pray with you." The Prophet(saws) said: "I am aware of that, but your salah in your residence is better for you than your salah in your people's mosque. And your salah in your people's mosque is better than your salah in the [larger] congregational Mosque."

Related by Ahmad and at-Tabarani

 

Umm Salamah, the wife of the Prophet (saws) and the mother of the believers, related that the Prophet (saws) came to the mosque's courtyard and said at the top of his voice, "The mosque is off limits to menstruating women and the sexually impure persons."

Related by Ibn Majah and at-Tabarani.

 

In light of the above narrations, it is absolutely permissible for a believing woman to offer her prayers in the mosques if she wishes to do so, but it is better for them to pray in their houses than to attend congregational prayers in the mosques. However, they may go to the mosque and attend the congregational prayer if they wish to do so, provided they avoid wearing or using any attractive or tempting adornments and perfume.

 

Your Question: because it was allowed when prophet (PBUH) was present then according to which law women were stopped to pray in mosque.

Indeed, there are several authentic narrations in the Sunnah where it is recorded that the believing woman used to pray in congregation behind the Messenger of Allah (saws) in the mosques.

 

To the best of our knowledge, almost all the big mosques in all the nations of Islam, including the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Medina have reserved areas for the believing women who wish to worship their Lord in the mosques. There is a precise and specific command from the Messenger of Allah (saws) allowing the believing women to pray in the mosques, if they wish to do so; thus anyone who refuses women entry into the mosques would be in transgression of the commandment and guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Ibn 'Umar reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "Do not prevent the women from going to the mosques, although their houses are better for them."

Related by Ahmad and Abu Dawud.

 

Your Statement: then stopping women going to mosque is bidat

If anyone were to legislate or prevent the believing women from worshipping in the mosques, they would indeed be guilty of the heinous sin of prohibiting something which Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared permissible in Islam!

 

Your Statement: Sahaba were allowed to make imminent in Dean.

Dear and Beloved Sister in Islam, no one including the noble sahabaas, and we repeat absolutely no one has a right to change or alter or add or subtract anything from the deen of Islam as taught by Allah and His Messenger (saws).

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4515 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said: If anyone introduces an innovation (in religion), he will be responsible for it. If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in religion), he is cursed by Allah, by His Angels, and by all the people.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885 Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon: The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran; and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws). The most evil affairs are the innovations, and every innovation is an error.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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