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Women Proceeding for Eid Salaah

For women to proceed to the Musallâ (Eid Gâh) nowadays is forbidden according to the majority of the Fuqahâ (jurists), as there is a great danger of fitnah (vice). Imam Tahâwi rahmatullah alaih states that during the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam the women used to go to the Musallâ (Eid Gâh) so that the enemies could be overawed by the large numbers of the Muslims. (Ma'arifus Sunan vol. 4 pg. 445).

Similarly, in that blessed era there was safety from all evils and vices, unlike today where there is a great danger of all forms of evils and vices. Today, the majority of women do not observe Hijâb (Shar'i concealment) and venture outdoors after adorning themselves. To venture outdoors in this manner is not permissible according to all the authentic scholars of Islam. In the light of the Quran and hadith, it is not permissible to venture outdoors in this manner (i.e. with no hijâb and adorning oneself). Hazrat Aisha radiallahu anha had mentioned during her time: "If Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam had to see the new style of the women of today, he would have prevented them from venturing outdoors as the women of the Bani Israeel were prevented. (Bukhari p.120) Thus the Fuqaha (jurists) have completely prohibited young women. A few jurists had permitted old women. However, due to increase in evil and vice, general prohibition of both young and old women has been declared. (For more details refer to Ma'arifus Sunan vol. 4 pg's 445-448) 



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