Dr. Jasser Auda

Tag: Women and Islam

Reclaiming The Mosque

Women could lead men in prayers only in family settings and household prayer areas. This was Dr. Jasser’s conclusion in this section of “Reclaiming the Mosque”. It is not true that women can not lead men in prayers under any circumstances, as many scholars claimed. He quoted a number of notable scholars who disagreed based on the Hadith of Um Waraka, such as Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, Abu Dawud, Al-Hakim , Ibn Taymiyyah, Al-San’ani, etc. The contradictory narrations that scholars cited are non-authentic and / or copied from the Jewish scripts rather than uttered by the Prophet (s) himself. “Men’s...

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Women Area in Mosque: Children Rows and Mosque’s Doors(5-5)

In this part, Dr. Jasser Auda concludes the series with discussion of where children should line within a mosque and whether women are solely responsible for them during prayer. Also, whether mosque’s gates should be open for both men and women or dedicated for each gender is also elaborated on in this article. Part1  part2  Part3   Part4 Children’s status and place in mosque As for children, the observed practice during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was that the older among them would form separate rows. Sometimes the imam was a child like...

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Women Area in Mosque: Access to the Imam(2-5)

In the first part, Dr. Jasser Auda raised the question about where women prayer area should be located within the mosque and whether segregating women from men in mosques is acceptable. He listed 5 disadvantages of this practice and showed how the design of the Prophet’s Mosque was open for both males and females. In this article, an important advantage of such an open design is discussed. Women Learnt from Imam directly As women had their share in the Prophet’s Mosque, they were able to see him as he preached. That is scientifically proven to help in maintaining attentiveness and...

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