Women and Da’wah
By Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee
An explanation the conditions needed for women to be involved in the field of da’wah.
This is one of the innovations of modern times and it is not specific to women alone.
What is the best way for women to give da’awah?
I say to the women to stay in your homes, and you should not concern yourselves with the da’awah. I rebuke the usage of the word ‘ad-Da’awah’, especially by the male youth who say, ‘those are from the people of the Da’awah’, as if ‘da’awah’ has become the fashion of the modern times. So now every person who has a little knowledge becomes a daa’iyah (caller). So the matter did not stop with the male youth, until it carried to the female youth and to the housewives, until they abandoned the obligations they have towards their houses and their husbands and their children. They turned away from the obligatory things to that which is not obligatory upon them, like giving da’awah. The general rule for the woman is to stay in her home as has been legislated for her, and not to go out except for a dire need. This is because of the statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam):
“…and their houses are better for them.”
As opposed to praying in the Mosque. Nowadays, we see a widespread fad between the women that they frequent the mosques for the congregational prayers in addition to the Friday prayer. However, their houses are better for them, except if there is a mosque near them and the imaam is a scholar and he teaches the attendees some knowledge. Then, the women may go out for prayer in the mosque, to listen to the knowledge; there is nothing to prevent them from that. As for the woman excessively involved in da’awah, let her stay in her home and read from the books provided for her by her husband, or her brother, or her mahaarim (close male relatives whom she is not allowed to marry). Then, there is nothing to prevent her from taking a day where she call some of the women to come to her house, or that she goes out herself to attend in them home of a woman to share religious knowledge. So that is better than a group of women going to her.
As for that she embarks on a journey, and it could be that she travels without a mahram, then what is claimed is that she went out for da’awah. This is one of the innovations of modern times and it is not specific to women alone. Even some of the male youth excessively talk about da’awah, and yet they have very little knowledge.
Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan
Seeking knowledge from other than the Scholars?
The confining of some youth to themselves and their (establishing) lessons in some of the homes and memorising amongst themselves and reading to themselves – in (all of) this there is great danger; This does not benefit them at all, rather, they may become deluded (into thinking they are actually benefitting) by it.
It is imperative they go to the scholars and sit with them in whatever place. As for sitting in the homes and groups of ignorant youth reading and explaining and expounding for themselves, then therein is great danger.
And their remaining upon ignorance is better (for them) than following this path. (This is) because (the condition of) al-jaahil al-baseet (one who is ignorant and knows he is ignorant) is simpler than (that of) al-jaahil al-murakkab (one who is ignorant but does not recognise himself as such). (So) al-jaahil al-baseet knows he is ignorant, however, al-jaahil al-murakkab thinks he is knowledgeable whilst (in reality) he is ignorant.
Reference: al-Ijaabaat al-Mulimmah fil-Mashaakil al-Mulimmah – Volume 2, Pages 81-82
The Ruling Concerning Divorce in Islaam
[Taken from Fataawaa Islaamiyyah (3/264)]
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)
And from this is the occurrence of wrongdoing from one of them or both of them such that the situation is made worse because of this, so the only route is divorce, and from this is the husband or the wife turning to intoxicants and smoking.
[Q]: What are the valid reasons for divorce, from your point of view your Eminence?
[A]: For divorce there are many reasons: From them (i.e. the many reasons for divorce) is lack of harmony between the husband and the wife such that it does not cause love from either one for the other or from both of them. And from them is bad behaviour of the woman or lack of listening and obedience to the husband in what he commands of the good. And from them is bad behaviour of the husband and his oppressing the woman and lack of fairness/justice for her. And from them is his falling short of fulfilling her rights and her falling short of fulfilling his rights. And from this is the occurrence of wrongdoing from one of them or both of them such that the situation is made worse because of this, so the only route is divorce, and from this is the husband or the wife turning to intoxicants and smoking. And from them is the bad state of affairs between the woman and the husband’s parents or either of them, and the lack of use of wise politics in dealing with each other. And from them is the lack of the woman in caring and showing concern in cleanliness and dressing up and beautifying herself for her husband with perfume and good speech and cheerfulness when she meets her husband and when they have sexual intercourse.
Page count: 158 pages
From the Book:
“A righteous woman is obedient to her husband and is dutiful to Allah. She is purified and immaculate…”
“..Her words are like sweet ginger, her embrace is good (morning, noon and night). She assists him in doing righteous actions and protects him from all avenues of evil. When he looks at her he is happy; when he sits with her, his heart is delighted…”
‘There is nothing strange about a woman’s love for her husband and her affection toward him. But truly loving one’s husband entails having love for those whom he loves especially his parents, siblings, and friends.’
‘It is the habit of women who are deficient in their intellect, to despise their husband’s friends under the pretext that they busy the husband away from his wife, steal their time, and other petty arguments. This is not befitting even if your husband lagers on with his friends to the extent of taking up your time.’
About the Author:
Ash-Sheikh Badr Al-Utaybee is from Taif, Saudi Arabia and is a student of the former Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, as well as other scholars such as Al-Allaamah Muhammad bin Salih al-U’thaymeen, Ash-Sheikh Salih Al-Fawzan, Ash-Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ghudayaan and others. He is currently a member of the Ministry for Da’wah & Islamic Affairs in Ta’if, Saudi Arabia as well as the Scholarly Committee for the Service of the Prophetic Sunnah.
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Advice to Female Students of Knowledge
Umm Yasir Al Faranseeyah asked Shaikh Muqbil rahimahullah: Is it possible for you Oh Shaikh to give us a program and levels that a
sister can use in her house until she could come to a high level of
Answer: Yes, what we advice is that she takes knowledge step by step by reading simple books: for verily they help in
understanding the big books, and examples of this are Riyaad Us
Saaliheen and also Fath Ul Majeed the explanation of Kitaab Ut Tawheed,
and Buluugh Ul Maraam by Haafidh Ibn Hajar, and this is if she can
understand this. And if she doesn’t understand these then there is a
small book that I know from our virtuous brother Shaikh Muhammad Ibn
Abdul Wahhab Al Yamani Al Wassabi and its name is the beneficial
statements from the evidences of Tawheed. And it is a very easy book.
And if she is at a higher level than these books that we have mentioned
then it is possible that she reads from the Sunnah of Ibn
Abee ‘Aasim and the Sunnah of Muhammad Ibn Nasr Al Marwazi and As
Sunnah by Abdillah Ibn Ahmad. The most important thing is that she
manages her time and doesn’t overwork herself with many classes… .
Also we advise that she keeps in contact with the virtuous scholars if there
are any problems, and also to write the benefits (of what she learns).
And Allah is the helper. And if it is easy for a woman and her husband
to travel to the institutes of knowledge in Yemen we advise them to do
so and Allah is the helper.