Q: In the mastooraat programmes of the tabligh jamaat, some usools are, that ladies are:
1) Not allowed to give bayaan. Only speak a straightforward 6 points following the tarteeb without making it flowery and giving their own input.
2) Not allowed to sit on a chair and read the kitaab or speak the 6 points. To the extent that if a lady is elderly and normally sits on a chair then too she must sit on the floor otherwise she mustn’t read.
I would like to know the basis of these usools if mufti can explain, the reasons ladies can’t give bayaans, nor sit on the chair?
A: These are not obligatory usools. These usools have been formulated based on experienced and expediency, just as the kitaab reading for men in many musjids take place after Esha. So this is not a practice that is found in the hadeeth or Qur’aan, rather it is based on expediency. People are more relaxed and are in a better position to participate in the kitaab reading at that time.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.