Friday, March 11, 2011

There Is No Difference Between The Prayer Of The Man & The Woman

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh! Insha Allah this finds you close to Allah & in the best of health and Iman.

The Messenger sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said:  

"Pray as you have seen me praying" And that which 
is understood from this Hadeeth is that there is no 
difference between the prayer of the man and the 
prayer of the woman, not in the standing, the sitting 
and nor in the prostration. So I have been acting in 
accordance with that since reaching the age of 
at-Takleef (burdened/obligated to abide by the Sharee'ah). 
But we have women in Kenya who quarrel with me 
and they say that your prayer is not correct because 
it resembles the man's prayer. And the examples they 
mention where the man's prayer differs from the 
woman's prayer are holding the two hands upon the 
chest and when releasing them both and the keeping 
of the back level in the bowing position (Rukoo') and 
other than that from the issues about which I have 
conviction. So I would like you to clarify to me is 
there a difference between the performance of the 
prayer of the man and the woman?

O questioner, my sister for the sake of Allaah, indeed that 

which is correct is that there is no difference between the 
man's prayer and the woman's prayer. As for what some 
of the jurists mention from the difference [in the prayer of the 
man and the woman] then there is no evidence for it. And the 
hadeeth that you mentioned in the question being the statement 
of the prophet may the peace and blessings be upon him:
"Pray as you have seen me praying"1
[This Hadeeth]is a fundamental principle which generally 
includes everybody and the legislations are in generality for 
men and women except for when there is established proof 
making it specific. So the Sunnah for the woman is that she 
prays as the men pray in the rukoo' (bowing), the prostration 
(sujood), the recitation, putting the hands upon the chest and 
other than that. This is what is best, this is how to put them 
(hands) upon the knees in the rukoo', this is how to put them 
upon the ground in prostration either in level with shoulders or 
in level with the ears, this how you make your back level in the
rukoo' and this what is said in the rukoo' and the prostration 
and after the rising from the rukoo' and rising up from the 
prostration and between the two prostrations. All of it is just 
the same as the men acting in accordance to his 
(sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) statement:
"Pray as you have seen me praying" [Reported by 
al-Bukhaaree in as-Saheeh.]
1 Reported by al-Bukhaaree in [the book of] al-Adhaan 
no.595, & ad-Daarimee in [the book of] 
as-Salaat no.1225.
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Noorun 'alaa ad-Darb - Majmoo' Fataawa wa 
Maqaalaat al-Mutanawwi'ah Vol.11.
Translated by Abu 'Abdillaah al-Kashmiree

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