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The difference between men & women in Islam


By Shaykh Yahya ibn Ali Al-Hajuri (may Allah preserve him)

Character and Creation:

  1. Man was created from dirt and the woman was created from the rib.
  2. Allah has decreed the menstrual cycle for the woman and not the man.
  3. Men grow beards women don’t, but if she does it’s permissible for her to shave it.
  4. Women are deficient in their intellect and religion. i.e A woman witness = ½ a man and during menses she doesn’t pray and fast.
  5. The men have been given strength over women.
  6. A man’s semen is white and a woman’s is yellow.
  7. It’s an obligation to circumcise the man and its sunnah to circumcise the woman.
  8. Ear piercing is permissible for women and not for men.

Purification:

  1. The urine of the woman is stronger and more dirtier than the man’s
  2. It’s legislated for man to redo Wudu if he intends to have relations with his a second time in the same setting.

Prayer:

  1. The Athaan and Iqamah aren’t a must for the women and it’s incorrect for a woman to call them for men.
  2. A woman prays behind a man, even if she’s alone. However if a man prays behind another man alone, his prayer is incorrect.
  3. A woman can’t lead a man in prayer.
  4. If a woman leads the prayer for other women she must stand in the middle. When a man leads the prayer he stands in front row all alone.
  5. Congregational prayer is must for the men and not the women.
  6. The best row for women in congregation is the last and the best row for the men is the first.
  7. Walking to prayer at night is recommended for men, but not for woman.
  8. If the imam makes a mistake in prayer the women clap and the men say “ Subhanallah”
  9. The women don’t have to attend Jumu’ah; and men must attend Jumu’ah .
  10. Women can’t deliver the sermon for Eid, Jumu’ah, Eclipse prayer and Rain prayer.
  11. Prayer is invalid when a woman passes in front of a man. And if a man passes in front of another man during prayer, it’s still valid.
  12. The Eid prayer is an obligation for men, but not for women. However it’s recommended for women to attend if they are safe from fitah.

Funeral Prayer:

  1. The congregation stands at the head of the deceased man and at the middle of the deceased woman.
  2. It’s disliked for women to visit the graveyard and it’s recommended for men.
  3. Women can’t accompany a funeral procession, but men can.
  4. Women wash and shroud each other and men wash and shroud each other; unless they were spouses.

Zakah and Sadaqah:

  1. Women are encouraged more than men to give charity.
  2. A woman can pay Zakah on her children’s and husband’s behalf, but a man can’t pay Zakah on his children’s and wife’s behalf.
  3. Redemption is a duty for the man and not the woman. This can occur if a man intentionally had relations with his wife during daylight in Ramadan.
  4. A woman can’t fast voluntarily unless she has her husband’s permission. A man doesn’t need his wife’s permission to fast voluntarily.

Hajj

  1. A woman must have a Mahram when travelling.
  2. A woman mustn’t raise her voice during the Talbeeyah; and  a man should raise voice.
  3. A woman’s Ihram is the clothes she wears for the journey.
  4. A man can do Ramal-a slight jog between Safa and Marwa, and around the Ka’bah; and a woman shouldn’t.
  5. It’s not recommended for the women to try and kiss or touch the black stone during crowding.
  6. A man can ascend on Safa and Marwa, however a woman mustn’t.

Aqeeqah:

  1. For a girl one sheep is sacrificed and for a boy two.

Jihad, Battle and Leadership:

  1. There were no women Prophets or Messengers.
  2. A woman can’t be a leader for the people or the military.
  3. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took the pledge from the men through a handshake and from the women by speech.
  4. Women aren’t obliged to perform Jihad unlike the men. However there are certain conditions that must adhered to before the men embark on this obligation.

Marriage , Divorce, Iddah, Khula’:

  1. Women are given the Sadaq, not the men.
  2. Men have the authority for divorce, marriage and giving the Mahr, not the women.
  3. A man can marry a woman from Ahul Kitab if he knows she is free from Zina. A woman doesn’t have this right.
  4. A man can have more than one wife. A woman can’t have more than one husband.
  5. The Waleemah and wedding are the responsibility on the man not the woman.
  6. It’s permissible for the women to beat the Duff at their wedding. This act isn’t permissible for the men.
  7. Maintenance and support is the duty of the men not the women.
  8. A woman is under the authority of her husband. A man isn’t under the authority of his wife.
  9. A woman can’t have anyone visit her home unless she gets her husband’s permission first. A man doesn’t need permission for visitors in his home.
  10. The Angels curse the woman if her husband separates from her bed. The husband doesn’t receive this curse.
  11. A woman must have her husband’s permission before she leaves home. A man doesn’t need his wife’s permission to leave home.
  12. A man doesn’t have an ‘Iddah unless he wants to marry his ex-wife’s sister or aunt. However if he divorces his fourth wife and wants to remarry, then he must wait until his ex-wife concludes her “Iddah.

Dress and Adornment:

  1. It’s recommended for a woman to adorn herself in her home for her husband.
  2. It’s haraam for a woman to imitate a man in his dress.
  3. It’s an obligation for the women to sag their clothes below her ankles. Sagging pants and thowbs below the ankles is Haraam for men.
  4. A woman can’t change her clothes unless she’s in her own home. This act doesn’t apply to the men.
  5. A woman must wear Hijab: cover her face and body.
  6. Women can wear jewellery.
  7. Men can’t wear silk, but women can.

Taken from : Kashful Watha’I by Shayk Yahya Al-Hajuri
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle- Adam

The explanation of the Hadeeth “Women are Deficient in Intellect and Deen”


Belittling Women with the Hadeeth : “Women are Deficient in Intellect and Deen.”
   

We often hear the noble Hadeeth; “Women are deficient in their intelligence and in their Deen” and some men use this Hadeeth as a form of belittlement towards the women. We desire from you O noble Shaykh, clarification of the meaning of this Hadeeth?

The meaning of the Hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“I have never seen anyone with a deficiency of ‘Aql (intellect) and Deen (religion) who are more overpowering to men than one of you [women].”

So it was said; “O Messenger of Allah, what is the deficiency in her intelligence?” He said; “Isn’t the witness of two women equal to that of one man?”

So it was said; “What is the deficiency in her Deen?” So he said; “Isn’t it the case that if she is menstruating she doesn’t pray or fast?”

So the Messenger (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) clarified that the deficiency of her intellect was from the angle of her weak memory and that her testimony is strengthened with the testimony of another woman. This is because of the preciseness of the witness (in Islaam) and because she could forget and make an addition or deletion to the testimony. Just as Allah says:

{And bring forth two witnesses from your own men. If there are not two men (available) then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs then the other can remind her…} [2282]

As for deficiency in her Deen, then it is because during her state of menstruation and post-partum bleeding, she abandons the Salaat and fasting, and she doesn’t make up the salaat. This is from the deficiency in her Deen. But this deficiency is not blameworthy upon her. Rather it is a deficiency, which happens as a result of that which Allah had decreed for her and this was done in a manner of leniency and easiness towards her. For if she were to fast in a state of menstruation or in a state of postpartum bleeding it would harm her. So from the Mercy of Allah (towards women) He has legislated for her to abandon the fast at the time when she is menstruating or in a state of Nifaas, and to make up the fast afterwards. As for the salaat, then without a doubt, the state of menstruation prevents her from purification. So from the mercy of Allah, He legislated for her to abandon her prayer and likewise in the state of Nifaas. He also legislated for her not to make it up, because in making up the (Salaat) is difficulty, because the Salaat is tremendous, and repetitious, five times throughout the night and day, and the days of menstruation can be plentiful, sometimes seven or eight days or more than that. And the Nifaas could reach 40 days. So from the mercy of Allah upon her and from His Ihsaan (doing good) towards her is that He removed the Salaat from her whether it be the initial Salaat or the make-up. And this does not necessitate that her intelligence is deficient in everything! Nor that her Deen is deficient in everything! But indeed the Messenger (saw) clarified that the deficiency in her intelligence is from that which happens to her from the lack of precision in her memory and testimony, and that the deficiency in her Deen is from the fact that she leaves off the prayer and fasting at the time of her menses or in the state of Nifaas. Also this doesn’t necessitate that she is less than a man in everything! or the fact that the man is better in everything! Yes, generally the male gender is better than the gender of the females generally for many reasons. Just as Allah the High and Sublime says:

{Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend their wealth (to support them)…} [434]

But she can surpass him, sometimes, in many things. And by Allah how many women surpass many men in their intelligence, Deen and precision! But verily that which is narrated on the Messenger (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) is that the women are surpassed by men, generally, in intelligence and in the religion only. There can proceed from her many righteous actions, in which, she can surpass the men and in her Taqwah of Allah, Azza Wa Jall, and in her station in the hereafter. There could be some affairs that she places great importance on and is precise in them more so than the precision of a man. There are many issues, which she carefully considers, and is diligent in memorizing and precise in. She would become the foundation in Islaamic history and point of reference in many affairs and this is clear to those who ponder and reflect on the state of the women during the time of the Prophet (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) and after that. With this it should be understood that this deficiency should not prevent her from being treated equally in her narrations and in her testimony, if it is strengthened with the testimony of another woman. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that it (this deficiency) should prevent her from having Taqwah of Allah and the fact that she could be from the most virtuous slaves of Allah if she is upright in her Deen, even if the fasting and Salaat is not obligatory upon her at the time of menstruation and Nifaas rather this is a deficiency which is specific to the intellect and Deen just as the Messenger (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) clarified. It is not appropriate that a believer should accuse her of being deficient in everything and weak in every area of her Deen, and its clarification is pertinent and important so that the speech of the Messenger is understood in it’s proper context and in the best possible manner and Allah knows best.

Shaykh Abdul-Azeez ibn Baaz

Reference: Majmoo’ Fatawaa Wa Maqalaat Mutanawi’ah. Vol. 3/292

 Taken from www.madeenah.com

Seven principles the Takfiri’s will never tell you about the issue of Al Walaa wal Baraa (5)


These Qawaaid (principles) were taken from a book entitled Haqeeqatu Walaa wal Baraa fe Kitaab wa Sunnah Bayna Tareef Ghaleen wa Ta’weel Al Jahileen: The Reality of Allegiance and Disavowalment (disassociation) in the Book and the Sunnah between the distortion of those who go to extremes and the false interpretation of the ignorant, (pg 122). The book was written by Dr Isaam bin Abdullah Asinanee and has been read and introduced by Sheikh Saalih Fawzan al Fawzaan.

The fifth principle

“The Muslims countries differ in their situation and this affects our implementation of Al Walaa wal Baraa to them”.

“The reason for this either because of the lack of rulings of Islam being implemented upon them, or because most of the Sharia is present there, or because of the wide spread Shirk in worship from those who call upon the dead and false gods (Tawageet). So they make them an intermediary between themselves and Allah without this being rejected from the people of those countries, not from the general people or from their scholars, or from their rulers. Rather its possible if the people of Tawheed and Sunnah reject this (Shirk), they insult them with names like Wahaabi or Khawaarij or accuse you of bringing a fifth mathhab”.

(End of quote)

Editors comment: If we followed this principle sincerely we would have more walaa (allegiance, love) for a country like Saudi Arabia because of most of the Sharia is being implemented there. The Knowledge of Tawheed is being disseminated there by the Ulama and there is a constant war against Shirk being waged there, but what is strange is that you will find the Takferees and the Sufis having the most hatred and venom for thisparticular country in general and for their scholars in specific. (Wala hawla wa la quwata ila billah) 

Posted and translated by Jafar

Categories: Al Walaa' wal Baraa'

Advice for an individual who has just begun to practice Islam


Sheikh Muhammed bin Saalih al Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked:

What is your advice for an individual who has just begun to practice Islam?

Answer:

My advice to this new practicing individual is:

1- He should constantly ask Allah to make him firm.

2- He should increase in recitation of The Quran with contemplation.  This is because recitation has a major (positive) effect on the heart, especially when coupled with contemplation and reflection.

3- He should be diligent in being obedient to Allah, and he should not become bored or lazy.  This is because The Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) sought refuge from inability and laziness.

4- He should be diligent in befriending good companions, and distance himself from evil companions.

5- He should also advise himself when he finds himself thinking: Time is extremely lengthy and the path is too long!  At this point, he should advise himself and remain firm.  This is because Jannah (paradise) is surrounded with trials and difficulties, while the Hell-fire is surrounded with desires.

6- He should distance himself from bad companions even if they (those companions) are individuals he knew in the past.  This is due to the fact that evil/bad companions influence an individual. Because of this The Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) said;

“The example of a bad companion is the example of a black smith; either he burns your clothing, or you experience from him a disgusting odour”. (Sahih Bukhari: 5534, Sahih Muslim:2628)

Source: Liqaa al Bab al Maftu 3/530

Categories: New Muslims

Conditions of Jihad: Correct aims and objectives (3)


These conditions were taken from a book called Al Jihad Anwarnuha wa Ahkaamuha wal had Afaasul Baynahu wa Bayna Fawda (Jihad its Types and its Rulings and a Clear Distinction between it and Anarchy).  The book was written by Sheikh Dr Hamd bin Ibraheem al Uthmaan and was read and introduced by Sheikh Saalih Saad al-Suhaimi al-Harbi.

Condition three

Sheikh Uthmaan said; “There is no doubt having a clear flag is from the most important conditions of Jihad .So the flag that it is compulsory for the Muslims to fight under is the flag that fulfils the aims and objectives of Jihad and that is that the deen should be exclusively for Allah. (End of quote)

The Most High said; “And fight them until there is no more fitna (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (alone)”. (Surah Al Baqarah Ayah 193)

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radi allahau anhu) said the Messenger of Allah (salla alahi wasalam) said; “Whoever fights under a blind flag and he gets angry for the sake of nationalism or calls to nationalism or gives victory to nationalism his fighting is a fighting of ignorance”. (Muslim Vol 3 No 1848)

Sheikh ul Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (rahimullah) said in Iqtada Siraatul Mustaqeem Vol 1 pg 249), “It is called a blind flag because it is an affair that is blind which the direction of it is not known also the  fighting for nationalism is without knowledge of whether this fighting is permissible or not .

Sheikh ul Islaam also said in Al Iqnaaiyatu pg 483-484, “The Book and the Sunnah  makes the affair of Jihad known and it mentions  its virtues, but it is obligatory to know the legislated Jihad that Allah and His Messenger ordered from the Jihad that is innovated. The Jihad of the people of misguidence are those that do Jihad in the obedience of Shaitaan, and they think they are Mujahidoon in the obedience of the Most Merciful like the Jihad of the people of bidah and desires like the Khawarij and their likes those that do Jihad against Ahlu Islaam (the Muslims)”.

Sheikh Hamd Uthmaan also said pg 186(Jihad and its types) “Jihad has been legislated to establish the deen and to protect the blood of the Muslims and to preserve their honour and two guard and protect their lands“.

Translated and posted by Jafar ibn ruel Jeffrey

Categories: Jihad

Seven principles that the Takfiri’s will never tell you about al Walaa wal Baraa (4)


These Qawaid (principles) were taken from a book entitled Haqeeqatu Walaa wal Baraa fe Kitaab wa Sunnah Bayna Tareef Ghaleen wa Ta’weel Al Jahileen: The Reality of Allegiance and Disavowalment (disassociation) in the Book and the Sunnah between the distortion of those who go to extremes and the false interpretation of the ignorant, (pg 115). The book was written by Dr Isaam bin Abdullah Asinanee and has been read and introduced by Sheikh Saalih Fawan al Fawzaan.

Principle four

Allegiance (walaa) is obligatory for the people of Islam (the Muslims) if their affairs are in agreement with the obedience to Allah and His Messenger. As for if they fall into differing, then none of  them is more deserving of allegiance than the other until we look at which of them is more in compliance with Islam. The Ummah of Islam since a long period of time have not gathered under one leader. So the situation has turned into one where every country has its own leader its own laws and agreements. Neccesity has called for this situation.

Sheikul Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah said in Majmoo’a Fatawaa Vol 24 pg 175 “The Sunnah is that the Muslims should be under one ruler and the rest of the leaders should be his governors so if some of the Ummah leave this situation sinfully and the rest of the Ummah is unable (to bring them back). So in this case the Muslims have a number of leaders and  it is compulsory for every leader to establish the capital punishments and to give every one their rights”. (End of quote)

Sheikh Muhhamad ibn Abdul Wahaab said in Duroor Saniya Vol 9 pg  5) said; “The lmams of every Mathab have agreed that whoever takes hold by force of a country or countries he has the right of leadership and to implement the laws in all affairs. And if this was not the case the worldly affairs would never be set straight because the people for a very long time before Imaam Ahmed to this present day have not gathered under one Imaam and it is not known from anyone of the Ulama that they mentioned anything about the rulings (of the Sharia) are not correct except with the great Imaam (khaleefah)”.

Translated and posted by Jafar Ibn ruel Jeffrey

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A Response and a request to the brother from Leicester

February 23, 2010 1 comment

Background Information:

On Monday the 22nd of February brother Dawud from Leicester and the editor of the blog called the leicesterislamicstandard posted on a known Ikhwani website which openly supports and defends Syed Qutb a short but quite a serious accusation against the Brixton Masjid in South London. When Dawud posted this qadurullah I happened to be with the Imam of the Brixton Masjid and their media reprensetative the post was as follows:

Re: Counter-Terrorism ‘Expert’ Uses Madkhalees Against the Mujahideen”

Assalaamu alaykum,

the police in Leicester have told me they went to a big conference at Brixton Masjid where police from all over Britain were invited and told to use the Salafees (fake saudi supporting madkhalis he means) to spy on and arrest other Muslims (End of quote)

Firstly I want to ask you about your source you said the police in Leicester if these police were Muslims then according to your principles they are murtad(apostate) but ill assume that they were not muslims then according to the Islam the news and narrations are not accepted from the Kuffar until they are verified

Allaah said” O you who beleive if a Fasiq (liar evil person) comes to you with any news verify it lest you should harm people in ingnorance and afterwards you become regertful for what you have done”. (Surah Hujaraat Ayah 6)

So did you pick up the phone and ask the administration from Brixton Masjid if this was true?

Also could you please send me  the name and contact details  for this policeman and I can ask him myself as when I asked the administration from Brixton Masjid they new nothing about such meeting and if you are unable to verify these acusations can you please make a public withdrawral of your accusations as you made it a public accussation and your spying accusations is quite serious as it dealing with the honour of the Muslims and spreading discord amongst their ranks.

Secondly I would also kindly request you to not call Salafees Madkalees as this implies Salafees do blind following of Sheikh Rabee al Madkhalee and the reality is that the Salafees are the furthest away from doing any kind of blind following except to rasullallah (salla alahi waslam).

I await your response  Jafar