Q. Why are women, not allowed in the Mosque?

A. (Dr. Zakir):  The question asked is, why are not women, allowed in the Mosque – And in brief, it is difficult. There is no statement in the Qur’an or the Sahih Hadith, which prevents women from entering the Mosque. Some people quote a particular Hadith, and say that the Prophet said… ‘It is better for the women to pray in the house, than the Mosque – It is better for her to pray in the house, in her inner room, than in her house’. They are taking hold only of one source, and neglecting all the other sources – You should realize the context of this Hadith. Prophet Mohammed also said that…  ‘When you pray in the Mosque in congregation, you get 27 times, more Sawab. So a lady questioned Prophet Mohammed… ‘We have got infants, we have got household work… how can we go to the Mosque?’ – So in reply to this, the Prophet said that…‘If a lady prays in the house, it is better than the Mosque – It is preferable for her to pray in the room, than the house’ – If she has infants or problems, then she will get the same Sawab There are several Hadiths which indicate that women were never prevented from entering the Mosque. There is a Hadith which says that…‘Prevent not the servant of Allah, who are females, from entering the Mosque. Another Hadith says… ‘The Prophet ordained the husbands, that if your wives want to go to the Mosques, do not prevent them – And several Hadiths are there, I will not go to the details. But Islam gives permission for a woman to enter the Mosque – But there are separate and equal facilities – We do not believe in intermingling of sexes. Why we do not believe… as the question was asked earlier.If we have intermingling of sexes…and as we know what happens in the other Religious places – People come more for to Eve teasing and bird watching, than to pray. Therefore, Islam does not believe in intermingling of sexes. There are separate entrances for man and woman – separate places of ‘Wuduh’, ablution, for man and woman. Man and woman are made to stand separately, and a woman cannot stand in the front, because… because if a woman stands in front, but natural the man behind will be disturbed. In Islam when we pray, we stand shoulder to shoulder – And the medical doctors, they tell us that… ‘The female has 1 degree higher… one degree higher temperature.’ If you have a lady next to you, you will feel warm and soft – Instead of concentrating… instead of concentrating on Allah (SWT), you concentrate on the lady (Humor – crowd laughs). That is why in Islam, the women have to stand behind. You go to Saudi Arabia… women are allowed in the Mosque, you go to London… women are allowed in the Mosque, you go to America… women are allowed in the Mosque – It is only in India, that they are prevented, and a few countries close by. You go to the Haram-Sharif in Mecca, in Masjid-e-Nabwi, they are allowed. But Al-Hamdullillah there are few Mosques in India, even in Bombay, which have started allowing women in the Mosque – Hope the other Mosques will follow.


10 thoughts on “Q. Why are women, not allowed in the Mosque?

  1. Asalamu Alaiqum! I want to ask if Traditional surrogacy is permitted in Islam, where the embryo of a surrogate father is fertilized by the sperm of the intended father through IVF process? If yes, are children born this way are considered legal like any other children , where they can enjoy every right?


  2. As Salaam U Alaikum WRMTWB. This topic of women not going to Masjid because of the misunderstood Hadith. Many Muslimah use this Hadith (not to go to Masjid) Jumuah. The excuse is: “there are Men praying there” This would be valid if they were not using Jumuah time to work serving men and women who are not Muslims. Their professions occupy their Jumuah time. Q: LXII: 9 “O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed To prayer on Friday (The Day of Assembly), Hasten earnestly to the Remembrance Of Allah, and leave off Business (and traffic): That is best for you If ye but knew.”.
    Here, Allah SWA does not indicate any gender of believers, men and women are indicated as believers here. Therefore, I commend Dr. Zakir Naik for addressing this issue. Also: please read Surat XXXIII:35…Muslim Men and Muslim women, believing men and believing women…


  3. Salaam,
    “So a lady questioned Prophet Mohammed… ‘We have got infants, we have got household work… how can we go to the Mosque?’ – So in reply to this, the Prophet said that…‘If a lady prays in the house, it is better than the Mosque – It is preferable for her to pray in the room, than the house’ – If she has infants or problems, then she will get the same Sawab”

    This Hadith mentioned in the above post.. can I get the reference for this? I didn’t find it in Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslim… Is it a Sahih Hadith?


  4. So Muslim men just simply can not prey next to women with out becoming distracted by their bodies or even more laughable by their 1 degree body temp difference? That’s exactly the excuse given in this piece. That’s THE most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. But of course the real reason won’t be discussed. That Islam treats women as second class citizens and views them as lesser and dirty is politically incorrect to say but it is of course the underlying reason. If Muslim men can’t control their urges while in a ” holy mosque” next to women and feel justified even making the lame excuses laid out in this article, how about personal responsibility, how about being masters of our minds, you cannot control how people dress but you can control your response to it, but apparently not muslim men in Church.


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  5. Assalamualaikm wa rahmathullah…
    Dear sir,
    Today me and my frnd was arguing about this topic and she was like women are prohibited from entering to mosque and she was not at all argeeing…so I took the screenshot of this page and I sent it to her…and now also she is not agreeing at all…and she was like those hadeeses which you stated above are not yet proved…so what will i do in this condition?


  6. I am a Muslim ,was born in guyana, as growing up my parents made sure I learnt about my religion. .I been to maradsa..masjid..we kept fast ,attend religious functions, ,etc..I am grown woman now I have 2 kids I live in ny.My 5 yrs old is asking me to take her to the mosque ,masjid or to church ,she wants to attend aND see people and learn about God other than what I taught her..I don’t want to take her to church because we are muslims..how do I explaim to her that girls are not allow in masjid..where I live not much guyana es muslims ..please help if u can


  7. I have a question,
    Why it is written in Quran that we can only worship Allah?
    Like I don’t think there is something wrong in worshipping our parents and our motherland?


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