Can a women go to masjid for prayer if special arrangements made for them?
asked Mar 5 in Prayer / Friday & Eidain prayers by Safiyajaved2005

1 Answer

Ref. No. 1348/42-750

In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

Prayer is an act of worship. For men, it is better to pray in congregation in Masjid; and for women, it is better to pray at home, preferably in a corner of the house as it is more rewarding. Prayer, the most important act of worship, is for earning reward and pleasure of Allah Alone. Since a woman gets more rewards if she prays at home, she should not go to Masjid.

However, (1) if a portion of masjid is reserved for women to pray, (2) and they are out of the house, (3) and go there and offer prayers, then it is allowed. And at some places—for example, in the masjid of markets and highways etc.—there should be separate arrangement for ladies so that they, too, can offer prayers there. However, if the congregation starts in the masjid and the ladies join the congregational prayer being in the general area of the masjid, then, too, their prayers will not be invalid.

ولقد نہی عمر  النساء عن الخروج إلی المساجد فشکون إلی عائشہ   فقالت: لو علم النبي صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم ما علم عمر  ما أذن لکن فی الخروج“ (العنایة شرح الہدایة ۱/۳۶۵ ط: دارالفکر بیروت)۔ عن ابن مسعود   عن النبي صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم قال: صلاة المرأة في بیتہا أفضل من صلاتہا فی حجرتہا، وصلاتہا في مخدعہا أفضل من صلاتہا في بیتہا۔ (سنن أبي داوٴد: رقم: ۵۷۰ ط: المکتبة العصریة - بیروت)۔ عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال : المرأة عورة فإذا خرجت استشرفها الشيطان . رواه الترمذي.

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