Can Muslim women attend Eid-prayer?
Thanks to all for your Eid wishes.. My advance Vijayadashami/Dasara wishes to all my readers. May all of us have a kick start is work and learning 🙂 Until the end of college days,Pooja days were eagerly looked forward to,for 3 day-holidays were celebrated by dumping books in shelves as if there were put for Pooja in temples. When mother says,”We muslims don’t put books for Pooja’,I’ld say,”Never mind,let them (books) take rest for threee days ” 😉 ..Now,life has changed and at this moment,and I hope I’ld be able to put all kitchen utensils for Pooja for three long days..hee hee,what an idea!!! Let me give it a try,will let you know the result
Yes,my Eid was a nice one.. All family members caught up together and had a nice time..Kids were moving around laughing,crying,yelling..Lots of dance-masti and singing..It was all fun ,with lot of happiness.. But I felt it incomplete without being able to attend Eidgah.. I used to attend Eid prayer,before marriage..Here,people are bit conservative in reliigous matters,and women are not allowed/are not supposed/are not interested in attending Eidgah..I have no issues with people who are not interested in doing a particular act,but claming that it is wrong,just because older generations ‘used to do so; ,is unacceptable..One is free to have their own versions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’..So here is my version of ‘right’.. You are free to accept it or reject it..
It is better for women to go out to the Eid prayer. This was enjoined by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Al-Bukhaari (324) and Muslim (890) narrated that Umm ‘Atiyyah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to bring them (women) out on (Eid) al-Fitr and (Eid) al-Adha, and 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 jilbaab?” He said: “Let her sister lend her a jilbab.”
Al-Haafiz said: This shows that it is mustahabb for women to come out and attend the Eid prayers, whether they are young or not.
Al-Shawkaani said: This and similar hadeeths indicate that it is prescribed in sharee’ah for women to come out to the prayer-place, with no differentiation between virgins and non-virgins, young or old, menstruating or otherwise, so long as they are not going through ‘iddah (following divorce or death of their husband) or their coming out will be a cause of fitnah or they have an excuse.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: what is better for a woman, to come out to the Eid prayer or to stay at home?
He replied: It is better for them to go out to Eid prayer, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined that the women go out to the Eid prayer, even the adolescent girls and virgins – i.e., women who do not ordinarily go out. He commanded them to go out, and he told the menstruating women to go out but to keep away from the prayer-place. So menstruating women should go out with other women for Eid, but they should not enter the place where the Eid prayer is offered, because the Eid prayer-place is a mosque and it is not permissible for a menstruating woman to stay there, but it is permissible for her to pass through or to take something she needs from it, without staying there. Based on this we say: women are commanded to go out to the Eid prayer and join the men in this prayer, because of the goodness, dhikr and du’aa’ they may experience there.
Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 16/210.
He also said: But they must go out looking decent, not wearing adornment, makeup or perfume, so that they may combine following the Sunnah with avoiding fitnah.
What some women do of wearing adornment, makeup and perfume is because of their ignorance and negligence on the part of their guardians. This does not cancel out the general shar’i ruling, which is that women are commanded to go out to the Eid prayer.
Are Indian Muslims busy walking backward,to that era before 1400 years ? 😕