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Calling she by he

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 in our custom we denote womens by he not by she as to give them respect is it permisible?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A male should be addressed and referred to as a male and a female should be addressed or referred to as a female. It is incorrect to refer to a female as a male.

The custom you refer to is against nature[1] and should be corrected.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Arshad Ali

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم لَعَنَ الْمُخَنَّثِينَ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ وَالْمُتَرَجِّلاَتِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ

Ibn ‘Abbas (Radhiallahu Anhu) said:

The Prophet (May peace be upon him) cursed effeminate men (mukhannatheen) and women who imitated men. (Sunan Abi Dawud 4930)

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