The women performed their salaah behind the men. Another sister refused to attend the Jumuah salaah as she says that women cannot perform Salaah behind men in Jamaat. is this true?
There are two apects to your query, a) The permissibility of women’s Salaat
behind a man, b) The permissibility for women to attend such a gathering.
Even though it is not necessary for women to read Jumu’ah Salat, but if it
is read, then this will suffice for the women if the Imaam makes intention
for them. (Ielaa-us-sunan)
Due to the corruption prevalent today, it will not be appropriate for women
to attend such mass gatherings. Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha), the
blessed wife of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), said after the
demise of the prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), ‘If our
prophet was present today (meaning her time), then he would have forbade
women from going to the Musjid because of the corruption.’ This was in her
time so we can well imagine if our prophet was present today, what would he
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai