MUST READ MY SISTERS | Shaykh Al-Albaanee: That which describes a woman when she is alive is worse and worse!

‘… Transmitted by Umm Ja’far bint Muhammad bin Ja’far that Faatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam) said: ‘O Asmaa’, I am repulsed by what is done to the women – at the time of death – when they lay a piece of cloth over the woman that describes her shape.”

Asmaa’ responded: “O daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam); should I not show you something that I saw done in Abyssinia?”

So she called for some palm branches of clover and then after dying it, laid the cloth upon Faatimah. Faatimah exclaimed, “How nice and beautiful! It distinguishes the woman from the man (i.e. it does not describe the body shape). When I die, I want you and ‘Alee to wash me and do not allow anyone else to enter.”

[It was related by Aboo Nu’aym in al-Hilyah and by al-Bayhaqee.]

Now look at Faatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam) how she disliked and found it shameful that the clothing of the dead woman describes the (dead) woman’s body!

Therefore, there is no doubt that which describes a woman when she is alive is worse and worse! So let the Muslim women of today ponder and think on this. The Muslim women of today who dress up in tight clothing which describes her breasts, her waist, her buttocks, her legs and other body parts. Then (let the women) seek forgiveness of Allaah ta’aalaa (the Exalted) and repent to Him.”

[Taken from the book entitled: جلباب المراة المسلمة في الكتاب والسنة – The Jilbâb of the Muslim woman as in the Qur’ân and Sunnah, pg.89. Authored by Al Imâm, Al Mujaddid, Al Muhaddith, ash-Shaykh Al-Albâni]


Which is better for the Muslim woman- Seeking Knowledge or Taking care of the house?- Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan

Question: Which is better for a Muslim woman, taking care of her house and husband, or devoting her time to seeking knowledge, and bringing a servant to take care of the house?

Answer: Yes, it is obligatory for a Muslim woman to strive to understand her religion as much as possible, but serving her husband, obeying her husband and raising her children are also important obligations. She should make time to learn every day, even if it is only a little. Or she should put aside some time for reading and then the rest of her time will be for her daily work. In this way she will not be neglecting learning and she will not be neglecting her work and children and leaving them to a servant to look after. Seeking balance in this matter, by setting aside time for learning, even if it is a little, and time for her housework, will be sufficient for her.

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan – al-Fataawa al-Jaami’ah li’l-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, part 3, p. 1085

Compilation of some of the Salaf/Scholars who say covering the face is NOT obligatory

Imam al-Nawawee:

“….And the Prophet forbade the woman in ihraam to put on the face veil or gloves. If the face and two hands were part of ‘awrah, he would not have forbidden them to cover them. At the same time, she may need to uncover them for such day to day matters as buying, selling, giving, talking, etc.” [Sharh al-Muhaththab, vol.3 p.173]

[Shaykh al-Albaanee, al-Rad al-Mufhim]

Qaadhi Ayaadh:

“The Obligation of Hijab (face veil) was specially for the Wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and there is no dispute in that for them it was waajib to hide their face and hands.”

[mentioned by al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr Asqalanee, Fath-ul Bari 8/530]

Ibn Muflih:

“Is it correct to chastise marriageable women if they uncover their faces in the street?

The answer depends on whether it is compulsory for women to cover their faces or whether it is compulsory for men to lower their gaze from her. There are two positions on this issue.

Regarding the hadeeth of Jareer in which he said, “I asked Allaah’s Messenger about the sudden inadvertent glance and he instructed me to look away.” Al-Qaadee ‘Iyaad commented, “The scholars, May Allaah Most High have mercy on them, have said that there is proof in this hadeeth that it is not compulsory for a woman to cover her face in the street. Instead, it is a recommended sunnah for her to do so and it is compulsory for the man to lower his gaze from her at all times, except for a legislated purpose. Shaykh Muhyud-deen an-Nawawee mentioned that without further explanation.” [Ibn Muflih al-Aadaab ash-Shar’iyyah, 1/316]

Shaykh al-Albaanee:

Then al-Muflih mentioned Ibn Taymiyyah’s statement which at-Tuwaijree relies on in his book (page 170), while feigning ignorance of the statements of the majority of scholars. Statements like those of al-Qaadee ‘Iyaad and an-Nawawee’s agreement with it.

Then al-Muflih said, “On the basis of that, is chastisement legal? Chastisement is not allowed in issues in where there is a difference of opinion, and the difference has already been mentioned. As regards our opinion and that of a group of Shaafi‘ite scholars and others, looking at a marriageable woman without desire or in a secluded circumstance is permissible. Therefore, chastisement is not proper.”

[Ar-Rad al-Mufhim, The claim of a consensus (Ijmaa‘) on the face being considered ‘awrah]


Shaykh al-Albaanee:

“It has been confirmed that the majority of the ‘Ulama´ consider that the face is not obligatory to cover, which Ibn Rushd mentions in “al-Bidaayah”. Among them are Abu Haneefah, Maalik, ash-Shaafi’ee and one narration of Ahmad.”

[Shaykh al-Albaanee, “Jilbaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah”]

• Is it Permissible for a Women to Forbid the Evil Upon A Man She Meets in the Street?


Is it permissible for a woman to forbid the evil upon a man when she is in the street?

هل يجوز للمرأة أن تنكر منكرا على رجل وهي في الطريق?


If there are no men found forbidding the evil then she does so, she says “fear Allaah O muslim and leave this off” and she is veiled and modest, because Allaah most high says The believers, men and women, are Auliyaa (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another; they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma’roof (i.e. Islaamic Monotheism and all that Islaam orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islaam has forbidden. {Soorah (9) Ayah(71)}. So the believing men and believing women both of them enjoin the good and forbid the evil, so if there is no one found forbidding that evil then she forbids it upon him while she is modest and she intends by that, the face of Allah Azza wa Jal , by the permission of Allsah she has enjoined the good and forbade the evil. I fear from some women that they will take from this ayah and other than it and they will go out veiled and give lectures and seminars and mix with the men under the pretext of forbidding the evil! So this is not permissible and they ascend the pulpit in the masjid and forbid the evil! Like how this female devil did in America!!!

Shaykh Rabee` bin Haadee
Translated by Muhammad Elmi

Considerations a young lady should make when choosing a husband

Question: What are the most important considerations a young lady should make when choosing a husband? If she refuses someone simply for economic or worldly reasons, will that expose her to the punishment of Allaah?

Response: The most important attributes that a woman must look for in selecting a husband are character and piety. Wealth and lineage are secondary considerations. The most important aspect is that the proposed groom be a person of piety and proper behavior. The person of proper behaviour and piety will not do his wife wrong. Either he will keep her in a way that is proper or he will leave her to go free in the best way.

Furthermore, the person of religion and behavior may be a blessing for her and her children. She may learn manners and religion from him. If he does not have those characteristics, she should stay away from him, especially if he is one of those who is lax with respect to performing the prayers or if he is known to drink alcohol, may Allaah save us. As for those who never pray, they are disbelievers. Believing women are not permissible for them nor are they permissible for the believing women. The important point is that the woman should stress character and piety. If he is also of a noble lineage, that is to be preferred. This is due to the Messenger of Allaah’s (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) statement:

«If a person whose religion and character you approve of comes to you, then marry him».

However, if he is also suitable [in other ways, such as economics standing and so forth], that is better.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen | Fataawa al-Mar’ah | Published: 18 October 1999

The woman experiencing Istihaadah prays and has marital relationship – Read More…

The rulings on istihaadah are like the rulings on purity (i.e., when one is not menstruating). There is no difference between a woman who is experiencing istihaadah and a woman who is not menstruating or bleeding, except the following:

1 – She has to do wudoo’ for each prayer, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh: “Then do wudoo’ for every prayer.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari in the chapter on washing away blood. What that means is that she should not do wudoo’ for a prayer that is to be performed at a particular time until the time for it has begun. If it is a prayer for which there is no particular time, she may do wudoo’ for it when she wants to perform the prayer.

2 – When she wants to do wudoo’, she has to wash away the traces of blood, and put a piece of cotton over her private part to hold back the blood, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Hamnah: “I suggest you use a piece of cotton, for it will absorb the blood.” She said: It is more than that. He said: “Use a cloth.” She said: It is more than that. He said: “Then tie it tightly around yourself.” Then whatever comes out after that will not matter, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Faatimah bint Abi Hubaysh: “Do not pray during the days of your menses, then wash yourself and do wudoo’ for every prayer, then pray, even if the blood falls onto the mat.” Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah.

3 – Intercourse. The scholars differed as to whether it is permissible when one is not concerned about suffering hardship as a result of giving it up. But the correct view is that it is permissible in all cases, because many women, ten or more, experienced istihaadah at the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and neither Allaah nor His Messenger forbade them to have intercourse. Rather the words of Allaah – “keep away from women during menses” [al-Baqarah 2:222] – indicate that it is not essential to keep away from them at other times. Also, it is permissible for her to pray, and intercourse is a less serious matter. Drawing an analogy between intercourse with a woman experiencing istihaadah and a woman who is menstruating is not correct, because they are not the same, even in the view of those who think that it is haraam, and analogies are not valid if the two things concerned are different. End quote.

Risaalah fi’l-Dima’ al-Tabee’iyyah li’l-Nisa’ by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him).

Hadith: What to do if menstrual blood falls on clothes?

Narrated Asma’ bint Abi Bakr:

A woman asked Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “O Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)! What should we do, if the blood of menses falls on our clothes?” Allah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, “If the blood of menses falls on the garment of anyone of you, she must take hold of the blood spot, rub it, and wash it with water and then pray in (with it).

Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 6, Hadith 12