Why can women not allowed to say their prayers in a mosque? The answer perhaps (if any!) is quite complex and complicated.

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There is no statement in the Qur’an or the Sahih from entering the Mosque. Some people quote a particular Hadith, and say that the Prophet said… ‘It is better for the women to pray in the house, than the Mosque – It is better for her to pray in the house, in her inner room, than in her house’.

It’s just not fair.

They are taking hold only of one source, and neglecting all the other sources – You should realize the context of this Hadith. Prophet Mohammed also said that…  ‘When you pray in the Mosque in congregation, you get 27 times, more Sawab. So a lady questioned Prophet Mohammed… ‘We have got infants, we have got household work… how can we go to the Mosque?’

The Prophet Mohammad replied to this as such.

‘ If a lady prays in the house, it is better than the Mosque – It is preferable for her to pray in the room, than the house’ – If she has infants or problems, then she will get the same Sawab There are several Hadithswhich indicate that women were never prevented from entering the Mosque. Islam does not believe in intermingling of sexes.



Man and woman are made to stand separately, and a woman cannot stand in the front, because if a woman stands in front, but natural the man behind will be disturbed. It isn’t every country where women can’t go and say their prayers in a mosque!

You go to Saudi Arabia… women’s are allowed in the Mosque, you go to London… women are allowed in the Mosque, you go to America… women are allowed in the Mosque.  It is only in India, that they are prevented, and a few countries close by. You go to the Haram-Sharifin Mecca, in Masjid-e-Nabwi, they are allowed. But Al-Hamdullillah there are few Mosques in India, even in Bombay, which have started allowing women in the Mosque – Hope the other Mosques will follow.

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