Women in Islam
Dear scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. The issue of hijab in France has reached a very serious stage. Could you please clarify whether hijab is a religious symbol or not?
I am the mother of a boy who has reached the age of puberty. I want to know the extent to which I should cover myself in front of him?
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Are women allowed to pray the Friday Prayer? If not, please provide evidence from the Qur'an. I am a new Muslimah and people are telling me that women are not allowed to go to Friday Prayer. I need a reference from the Qur'an if this is true. Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Why are two women witnesses needed to prove something while only one man is needed to prove it? What I mean here is: why a woman's testimony is half of a man's?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Is participating in online discussion forums allowed for Muslim women? Is it like talking to non- mahrams or not?
I would like to know whether there is a ruling on going to malls and stores for fun and leisure, especially for women. I heard that there is a curse on it, so I’d like to know more about that. Your answer is greatly appreciated.
Dear scholars, As-Salaam `Alaykum. Is it true that Muslim women cannot be leaders? If so why? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear Sheikh! Can you tell me if a woman can work as a hairstylist? Does Islam allow running such a business?
As-salamu `alaykum. I read in Sheikh Al-Albani’s book, The Etiquettes of Marriage, that like men, women are also forbidden from wearing gold rings and jewelry. He has provided various hadiths as evidence. As far as I know, gold is forbidden only for men. I am very confused. Please clarify this issue.
Dear Sheikh, As-Salamu `alaykum. I am told that Jumu`ah Prayer (Friday congregationa l Prayer) is not obligatory upon women. But, if I pray Jumu`ah in a mosque, am I also required to pray Zuhr after that? Some people told me that since Zuhr is obligatory and Jumu`ah is not obligatory upon women, I have to pray Zuhr also. Jazakum Allah khyran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Is it permissible in Islam for women to participate in Jihad as Muslim men and women used to do during the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)? What is the hukm (ruling) for that in these days? Jazakum Allahu khayran. May Allah always keep you strong believers, Ameen.
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Why aren't women allowed to fast while they have their periods? Jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salaam `Alaykum. Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to work as a fashion model dealing with Islamic clothes? If yes, what are the regulations and limits stated by Shari`ah in this regard? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I have been wearing hijab for five years. It was my choice, but my confidence and self esteem have been entirely shattered because of it. I am enraged at the fact that the scholars (mainly men) have been threatening Muslim women into believing that Allah has ordered them to cover their hair. The truth is that these scholars (mostly men) have decided that women must cover their hair in order to divert the desires of men, labeling such a ruling as a commandment of Allah. In Qur'anic verses Allah specifically tells women to cover their bosoms. Did Allah forget to mention hair? Jazakum Allah khayran.
I get easily attracted to men with handsome faces. Do I commit a sin by looking at their faces or eyes? How can I prevent myself from being attracted to them?
In the book Nahj Al-Balaghah or (The Way to Eloquence), it is stated that the Commander of the Faithful `Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Woman is an absolute evil, and the worst aspect in her is that she is indispensable!” I would like to know what is your opinion concerning this saying. Does this saying represent the Islamic position regarding woman?
Scholars of Islam, as-Salamu `alaykum! I want you to enlighten me on how Islam treats women, for my non-Muslim friends often question me on that issue, and they even claim that Islam does not give women freedom of expression. Is that correct?
I want to know why a woman cannot cover her face while in a state of ihram during Hajj or `Umrah?
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. My question is: Is it really the responsibility of the husband to decide what his wife wears? Is he to decide whether or not she wears a one piece coat or a long jacket and a long skirt (two pieces) as well as deciding on its color and style, along with the color and style of the hijab? Can you give me an idea about the manner of dress of the Prophet's wives (peace and blessings be upon him) because as an active Muslim women in da'wah I feel that wearing the one piece coat will be perceived by non-Muslims like wearing a winter's coat. Am I right? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As Salam AlaykumI know you receive many questions about this topic, so I apologize in advance for the repetition as well as the length of my questions, but it is only due to my confidence in the Ulema of your institute, who have consistently shown strict adherence to Islam as well as logical reasoning.This is a very pressing issue in my country, South Africa, where the Ulema, who are all from the Deobandi movement, has banned/forbidden women from both the masaajid, and the Eid Musalla. They do so on the excuse that allowing women will cause "fitnah", in the Urdu definition which is temptation/mischief/evil, and make every women out to be lewd/incapable of modesty.a group of us, men and women, who have traveled and studied abroad, and witnessed Muslim women's participation in the masaajid decided to start a campaign, educating women about their rights to attend Eid prayers, and other prayers, especially Jumuah and Taraweeh, if it does not interfere with their other duties. Our aim was to make known the opinions of scholars outside the Deobandi school, and to show women that they have a choice in the matter, given to them by the Prophet (saw), that they can attend the masaajid and eid prayers if appropriately covered and properly behaved.I have been told by some scholars that we must follow the "urf" of our country, which is to not allow women.The group who are trying to change people's mindsets have come under severe attack and abuse.My questions are - 1. Are we correct in trying to educate Muslim women about their rights in the public sphere such as the masjid and eid musalla, which by doing so, questions the Ulema of our country, who have banned us? 2. Do we have to follow the 'urf of our country which does not permit women to pray in congregation not even whilst out travelling/studying/shopping. In fact, most masaajid simply do not even accommodate women. Women are constantly told that they MUST remain at home and not leave their homes, for work, study or otherwise. 3.At the Eid musalla I attended, which is one of the very few in my country which allows women, but has been branded as "modernist" for doing so, the mens section and the womens section are adjacent to each other, separated only by distance and a rope. Is it this permissible? From my experience over the years, there has been no mixing/intermingling of men and women, we all come to pray and then leave, but the fact that the women's section is adjacent to and not behind the mens sections causes a lot of criticism. 4. My last question - are women permitted to deliver the PRE-Jumuah talk and PRE-Eid talk, from the women's section of the masjid/eid musallah. I am not referring to the Eid Khutbah or Jumuah Khutbah, but the short lecture preceding them.I sincerely appreciate your advice the matter. May Allah reward you all abundantly for the greatness of your work.