Eid is here again, it is a time of celebrating with our families, friends, gaining blessings & proclaiming the greatness of Allah.

Umm ‘Atiyyah (radiallahuania) said: The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) commanded us to bring the (women) out on both Eids & to bring out adolescent girls, menstruating women and virgins, but the menstruating women were to stay away from the prayer, but were to witness goodness and the gathering of the Muslims. I said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what if one of us does not have a jilbab (the outer garment)?” He said: “Let her sister lend her a jilbab.” (Bukhari).

Sh. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  explained: all women are  commanded to go out for eid including menstruating women but the menstruating women should avoid  staying  in the musalla(specific or designated prayer area) but it is permissible for her to pass through or to take something  she needs from it, without staying there. There is so much goodness, dhikr and du’a’ they may experience there. Al-Shawkaani said:…so long as they are not going through ‘iddah  or  other major excuses.

They must go out looking decent, not wearing adornment, makeup or perfume, so that they may combine following the Sunnah with avoiding fitnah. There is no hadith prohibiting women from going to the masjid. In fact, the prophet’s masjid has a door & space for the women.

Abdullah Bin Mas’ud: Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: It is more excellent for a woman to pray in her house than in her courtyard, and more excellent for her to pray in her private chamber than in her house. (Abu Dawud). This is not a prohibition from going to the masjid as wrongly interpreted by ignorant muslims.

Also the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said, ‘Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah.’(Muslim) “If the wife of any one of you asks permission (to go to the mosque) do not forbid her.” (Bukhari). .

Muslim women may have many reasons to go to the masjid e.g. teaching, learning, salah etc. A Muslim woman must go out covering her awrah whether she is going to the masjid, mall or to visit her friends.

What some women do of wearing adornment, makeup and perfume is because of their ignorance and negligence on the part of their guardians (fathers & husbands). Prophet (saw) said, “If any of you women leave out to go to the mosque, do not approach scented perfume.(Muslim). The misbehaviour of some women should not be used to justify outright ban on women going to the masjid, not making  decent praying spaces available for the women in the masjid or to make women disobey the prophetic command of going to Eidah.

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