Imaams intention when women are included in the jamaat

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Q: We are Hanafi. If I am leading the salaah at home, and my wife wants to read salaah behind me. What intention should I make? E.g. during ramadhaan, I read Esha, Taraweeh and Witr. Do I need to make an intention for each two rakaats that she is behind, or can I make an intention once for Esha and let it count for all. How must the intention be made? Verbally, in the mind, or just a realisation that she is behind me?


A: You have to make the intention for every two rakaats.

The intention in the mind is sufficient.

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

قال الشامي : قوله ( من نية إماميتها ) أي وقت الشروع لا بعده كما سيذكره في باب الإمامة ويشترط حضورها عند النية في رواية وفي أخرى لا واستظهرها في البحر  (رد المحتار 1/425)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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