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Can Women Lead a Female Only Congregation?

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Answered by: Alimah Sumeyye Sofu


Assalamu alaikum 

Is it permissible for a woman to be the Imaam and lead the salah for only the women behind them?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


It is disliked for a woman to lead the prayer for female jamaat. If they pray together, then the female Imam should stand in their midst and not in front of them, just how Aisha (R.a) led the salaah.[1]

Aisha (R.a)´s narration regarding women leading the prayer for females” was at the beginning of Islam.[2]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Alimah Sumeyye Sofu

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Quduri p.29 Darul kutub ilmiyyah

[2] al-Hidayah p.236 v.1

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