Women’s prayer different than men

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

I’ve heard that there’s a hadith, that says that the prophet (saw) says ”pray as you see me”, and that this means that men and women pray in exactly the same way, but I’ve been taught that women pray differently than men. So I would be grateful if you could clarify this for me, inshaAllah

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

It is true that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Pray as you see me pray.”

At the same time, it is decisively established—as the answer below shows—that the leading female Companions (Allah be pleased with them all) prayed differently from the way male Companions (Allah be pleased with them all) prayed. This returns to how the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) himself taught the former to pray, and to the wisdom of the Lawgiver in noting the physical differences between men and women and the best expression of modesty, humility, and reverence before Allah befitting each.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

 

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