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Can a woman lead men in salah?

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Is there a Hadith in which Ummu Waraqa lead both men and women in prayer?

I have heard that Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) appointed her to lead a group of men and women in prayer. The example of Ummu Waraqah is based on a hadith found to be solid, transmitted through Ibn Sa’d al-Baghdadi

 

Answer

The Hadith that is cited in your question appears in the following Hadith sources:

Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 592, 593
Tabaqat Ibn Sa’d, vol.8 pg.457
and Sunan Daraqutni, Hadith: 1084.

None of the above sources mention Sayyidatuna Ummu Waraqah (radiyallahu’anha) leading men in the salah.

Rather, the version in last source quoted above; Sunan Daraqutni clearly states that she led the women of her household in the salah!

Furthermore, according to all the scholars of Islam (ijma’) a woman is not allowed to lead men in salah.

(Badhlul Majhud, vol.1 pg.331)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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