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f:150 -    Women becoming Imam for Taraweeh
Country : India,
Name : Majida Fatima
Question:     Since some time, in our city, we have places where arrangements are made for Taraweeh for women also.  At most places, the male Huffadh lead the Taraweeh, but at some places, women Imams lead the Taraweeh.  Is the Imamate of women, correct in the light of the Shariah?
Answer:     In the opinion of the Ahle Sunnah, women leading the Salaat is not correct.  This ruling is keeping in mind the needs of women and has nothing to do with degrading women.  For the 5 Fardh Salaat, the women are encouraged to offer it in their own houses.  When the Fardh Salaat are to be offered in the houses, then how can their leading Sunnah and Nafl Salaat be correct?

Not making the congregation compulsory for women is a big gift for women from Allah Most High and has many advantages.  Islam is a complete way of life for the whole creation.  In Islam, everyone has been given their responsibilities and domains.  Women have been given the house and raising of children.  Man has been given among other responsibilities leading Salaat as well.  As women cannot lead Salaat at all, their leading men is not correct and leading of women in Salaat, be it for any Obligatory or Supererogatory Salaat is Strictly Undesirable, almost Haraam (Makruh Tahrimi) as given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol.  1, Pg No: 75:

Translation: For women, it is better to offer Salaat alone, without congregation, than with congregation.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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