Wednesday, July 2, 2014

RAMADAN: IT IS FORBIDDEN FOR WOMEN TO BEAUTIFY (AND PERFUME) THEMSELVES FOR THE MASJID (TARAWEEH)!

Question: What is the ruling on women beautifying and perfuming themselves for the taraweeh prayer believing that to be an implementation of the statement of Allah: “And take your adornment (adorn yourselves) in every masjid…” [Surah Al-A'raaf:31]

Answer (by Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadee (rahimahullaah): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) allowed the women to go to the Mosques at ‘Ishaa’ time under the condition they go whilst adequately dressed – meaning, clothing that is not eye-catching or draws the attention [of people] and they are not perfumed.


Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Indeed the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:


“Any woman who leaves [her dwelling] perfumed, [seeking] that the men smell her, is a fornicator.”


Translator’s note: Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some of the believing women, covered with their veiling sheets, used to attend the Fajr prayer with him, and they would return to their homes unrecognised. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, English translation, Hadeeth No. 368, Vol 1.]


[Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadee, 'Fadaa'ih wa Nasaa'ih', Al-Allaamah Al-Muhaddith Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi'ee, Daarul-Haramain, Cairo. Page 86]


Hadeeth: “The prayer of a woman who wears perfume to go to the masjid is not accepted until she returns and takes a bath, like the bath of janaabah…”


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