This small article written by our brother Abū Afnān Muḥammad ʾAbdullah (حفظه الله) is intended to shed light on the issue of a woman’s prayer being characteristically different to that of a man’s and some of the narrations which are used to establish this incorrect ‘principle’.
The doubt that is widely believed and practiced is that a female completes her prayer in a manner that is different to the male and that the movements in her prayer are fundamentally different to his. This is in relation to her raising her hands, bowing in rukūʾ, making sajdah and other movements during the prayer.
However, upon objective investigation of the proofs in light of the science of ḥadīth and the principles of uṣūl al-fiqh, one finds that this is a weak position which is not validated with authentic evidence. And the so called ‘proofs’ to defend it do not stand up to the authenticity of the proofs which establish the general principle that the woman’s prayer is the same as the man’s, except in specific issues wherein there is explicit proof that the woman is commanded to do something different than the man as it relates to the prayer.
“…the eminent scholar Shaykh al-Albānīرحمه الله mentions after describing the entire prayer of the Prophet (ﷺ), from the takbīr to the taslīm, that men and women are the same with regards to the prayer except in issues wherein specific proof has excluded women from certain rulings. Thus, the general understanding of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) statement, ‘Pray as you have seen me pray’ encompasses women. This is also the statement of the tābiʾī, Ibrāhīm al-Nakhaʾī who stated, ‘The woman does what the man does in the prayer’“
“The Permanent Committee for Fatāwá said:
‘There is no difference between the prayer of a man and the prayer of the woman regarding the statements and actions performed in the prayer. However, it is compulsory for the woman to completely cover her entire body except her face if there are no non-maḥram men in her presence. The statement of the Prophet (ﷺ), ‘pray as you have seen me pray’ is a general command for both men and women.”
Question: From one of the brothers in Trinidad, “Is there anything in the hadīth or Qur’ān say that you must pick up garbage with you left hand?”
Before the reader is a concise article from the works of our Shaykh ‘Abd Al-Qādir al-Junayd (حفظه الله) regarding the takbīr in the ten days of Dhū al-Ḥijjah. The Shaykh briefly outlines the two types of takbīr: Al-Takbīr al-Muṭlaq (the Unsrestricted Takbīr) and al-Takbīr al-Muqayyid (the Restricted Takbīr). This article was translated by our brother Abū Afnān Muḥammad ‘Abd Allāh (حفظه الله).
As part of Salafī Publications’ Conference with Shaykh Khālid al-Ẓafīrī (حفظه الله), al-Shaykh al-‘Allāmah ‘Ubayd al-Jābirī (حفظه الله) delivered a tele-link reminder on Saturday 24th Dhū al-Qa’dah 1437, corresponding to 27th August 2016. Though concise, the speech of our Shaykh was replete with much benefit related to foundational aspects of our Dīn, which it behoves us all to reflect upon, strive to seek knowledge regarding and thus implement in our lives.
An excerpt taken from the article ~
وَلِلَّهِ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ لِيَجْزِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسَاءُوا بِمَا عَمِلُوا وَيَجْزِيَ الَّذِينَ أَحْسَنُوا بِالْحُسْنَى
“And to Allāh belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done (i.e. punish them in Hell), and reward those who do good, with what is best (i.e. Paradise).” [Sūrah al-Najm 53:31]
Did you hear that O Student of Knowledge? Will you prepare and make the necessary preparation for that day? That day Allāh has referred to and informed us of; a day we will meet Allāh (عز وجل). And that preparation is done with nothing other than taqwā and ikhlāṣ and guidance upon Islām and the Sunnah.
The following article translated by our brother Musa Shaleem Mohammed (حفظه الله) is a compilation of the statements of some of our Salafī ‘Ulamā` regarding the well-known narration attributed to the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم): “O Allāh bless us in Rajab and Sha’bān and allow us to reach Ramaḍān.”
Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ al-‘Uthaymīn (رحمه الله) was asked: “Is there any authentic aḥādīth that confirm the virtue of both the months of Rajab and Sha’bān and confirm the virtue of fasting in them?”
~ Pivotal Quote ~
“Therefore, the month of Rajab does not differ from Jumādā al-Ākhirah, which is before it, except that it is from the sacred months.”