If a woman is leading other women in Salaah, where should she stand?


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️If a woman is leading other women in Salaah, where should she stand?▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

If a group of women wish to pray in congregation, is it permissible for them to position themselves like the men (i.e. The Imaam standing at the front and the rest of the worshippers in a row behind him) – may Allaah reward you with good?

📝 Answer:

Many scholars say: the female Imaam should stand in the middle of the row, and she leads the congregation from the middle of the row. And this has been established from Aisha and Umm Salamah -may Allah be pleased with them both-. Hence, following the practice of the mothers of the believers is most appropriate.

But if she stands infront as a male Imam would, we hope it is okay; because this is the original position of the Imam, and Allah knows best.


Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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