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Jamaat Salaah at home with non-mahram females

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: What would the masala be regarding salaah read in jamaat in the home where the Imam begins reading salaah with non mahram females as muqtadi’s?

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A: Islam instructs that strict purdah be observed between na mahram males and females. There should be no contact or interaction unnecessarily between them. Similarly Islam commands that men perform their Salaah in the Musjid with Jamaat and women perform their Salaah individually at home. It is impermissible for a Baaligh male to perform his Salaah at home without a valid Shar’ee reason. However, despite it being incorrect if na mahram women perform Salaah behind a na mahram male, the Salaah will be valid if the Imaam made niyyat for leading the women in Salaah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( لو أم رجالا ) فلا يحنث في لا يؤم أحدا ما لم ينو الإمامة ( وإن أم نساء فإن اقتدت به ) المرأة ( محاذية لرجل في غير صلاة جنازة فلا بد ) لصحة صلاتها ( من نية إماميتها ) لئلا يلزم الفساد بالمحاذاة بلا التزام ( وإن لم تقتد محاذية اختلف فيه ) فقيل يشترط وقيل لا كجنازة إجماعا وكجمعة وعيد على الأصح خلاصة وأشباه وعليه إن لم تحاذ أحدا تمت صلاتها وإلا لا (الدر المختار 1/425)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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