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Salaah of Women in the Light of the Sunnah

Salaah of Women in the Light of the Sunnah


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Allah Ta’ala is the Guardian of His Deen and He alone will protect it till the last day. As a means, in every era Allah Ta’ala used the
Ulama-e-Haq and His true servants to dispel any confusion and deviation from any quarter. Thus over the centuries despite the many attacks on Deen by the deviant groups, by means of the tireless efforts of the Ulama-e-Haq Allah Ta’ala has preserved the Deen in its pristine purity. This will Insha Allah continue till Qiyaamah.

This treatise has been prepared to dispel the myth that the mazahib of the four Imaams of fiqh (viz. Imaam Abu Hanifa, Imaam Maalik, Imaam Shafi’ee and Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal [Rahimahumullah]) are not based on sound proofs from the sources of Shari’ah, viz the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma’ and Qiyaas, in particular with regard to the Salaah of females.

The Sunnah Method of Salaah for Women

A few differences in the Salaah of Women

Every aspect of the religion of Islam relating to women revolves around modesty and shame. It is in this regard that Islam commands women to remain within the confines of their homes, being totally concealed from the gazes of strange men and not to leave their homes without a valid Shar’ee need. The manner in which a woman is commanded to perform her Salaah — commencing from her attire for salaah to her postures during Salaah — all clearly point towards the aspect of concealment. Hence, let alone the various other ibaadaat of Deen, the Salaah of a woman alone illustrates the great degree of modesty and shame a woman is required to display. Hence she is commanded to adopt the very same degree of modesty and shame in other departments of her Deeni and worldly life which she displays in her Salaah.

The four Mazhabs

From the era of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), Sahaaba, Tabi’een and the centuries that followed, women were commanded to perform Salaah in a manner that varied from the Salaah of men in certain aspects. The four mazhabs (viz. Hanafi, Maaliki, Shaafi’ee and Hambali mazhab) are all unanimous upon the fact that the Salaah of women differs from the Salaah of men in certain aspects. Below are a few glaring differences in the Salaah of women compared to the Salaah of men proven from authentic Ahaadith.