Thursday, September 15, 2011

Urdu Section
15 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Women Leading the Prayers: Why So Much Friction?

By Asad Mufti

(Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi,

Mufti Aazam Ali Juma a great scholar of Egypt says, “If the people offering prayer wish they can offer their prayer under the Imamat of a woman. Shaikh Ali Juma said “Although there is no unanimity on the Imamat of women among ‘Fuquha’ (knowers of Islamic jurisprudence) there is a space for the woman to be appointed an Imam. He told Al-Arabia TV that according to Imam Tibrani and Imam al Arabi, leadership of a woman in prayer is right. On the other side, Egyptian scholar and philosopher Dr. Yusuf al Quarzawi has criticised it saying it is against the principles of Islamic teachings. According to him, it is against Islam and it is refusal of the orders of Allah. According to me, consciously or unconsciously, religion has completed a journey where a woman’s role has been socially, politically and religiously accepted. If a Muslim woman can become an MP, participate in co education, TV programmes with their male counterparts, deliver speeches among the men, become an Editor , in a Shariah coded dresses according to self made Ulema, why can they not lead prayers. Right use of wisdom is Imaan and not using ones intellect or its wrong use is “Kufr”.-- Asad Mufti

(Translated from Urdu by Arman Neyazi,

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