Can a Woman Go into a Mosque? Read This!

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “can a woman go into a mosque?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end.

Specifically, there are two important things about “can a woman go into a mosque?” which I will explain in this article. Two important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Mosque for Whom?
  2. Women Go to Mosque: Allowed or Not?

Mosque for Whom?

The first important thing about “can a woman go into a mosque?” what I will explain now is “mosque for whom?”. I want you to understand that before you read any further explanation in this article. In addition, I also want you to have a complete understanding of the topic of this article.

For me personally, the discussion about “can a woman go into a mosque?” related to the discussion of what can be done in the mosque. Why? The answer is that it is impossible for Muslims to go to the mosque if there is nothing they will do.

By the way, have you read some of the articles that explain the function of the mosque, the things that are allowed to be done and the things that are not allowed to be done in the mosque that I published some time ago? If you haven’t read the articles, I highly recommend that you read them all. In some of these articles I have explained many things about what activities are allowed to be done in the mosque.

But if you read these articles, briefly, I will explain what activities can be done in the mosque so that you have an understanding of it.

For example, in the article on the functions of mosques, I have explained that some of the general functions of mosques are as follows:

One: the function of the mosque is to worship Allah, such as praying, reading Salawat, Quran, Dhikr, and so on.

Two: the function of the mosque is for social activities, such as compensation for orphans, social assistance, and so on.

Three: the function of the mosque is as a place for rest, such as sleeping, and so on.

All the functions of the mosque are good things that can be done by Muslims. The word “Muslims” I mean here is Muslim women and Muslim men. But there are some exceptions. The point is that under certain conditions Muslim women are not allowed to go to the mosque. That is the focus of our discussion now. That is what I will explain in the next discussion.

In general, although not specifically, we can find an explanation that women are allowed to go to the mosque in the hadith below:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ خَيْرُ صُفُوْفِ الرِّجَالِ أَوَّلُهَا وَشَرُّهَا آخِرُهَا ، وَخَيْرُ صُفُوْفُ النِّسَاءِ آخِرُهَا وَشَرُّهَا أَوَّلُهَا . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “The best line of men in prayer is the foremost and the worst is the last. The best line of women in prayer is the last and the worst is the foremost.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.

The above hadith describes the best lineup for both male and female Muslims in congregational prayers. Congregational prayer is one of the good things that can be done in the mosque. That is the argument that women can go to the mosque.

Maybe now you are wondering, “Are these good things only permissible for Muslims to do? Are non-Muslims not allowed to go to the mosque to do these good things?”

One thing is certain and we don’t need to argue about that, that everyone is allowed to do good things, even they have to do good things. Likewise, the good things that are done in the mosque. Everyone can do it all in the mosque, including non-Muslims.

But what we must understand is that under certain conditions non-Muslim women are prohibited from going to the mosque like Muslim women. The explanation and solution are the same. I will explain that in the next discussion.

As for the evidence regarding non-Muslims being allowed to go to the mosque, the hadith is as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ بَعَثَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَيْلًا فَجَاءَتْ بِرَجُلٍ ، فَرَبَّطُوْهُ بِسَارِيَةٍ مِنْ سَوَارِيِ الْمَسْجِدِ — الْحَدِيْثُ — مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa sallam has sent cavalry. They then come with someone. They then tied him to one of the pillars of the mosque – al-Hadith.” The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

One of the captives mentioned in the hadith is a non-Muslim. So, non-Muslims can go to a mosque. That’s the logic and the conclusion.

All readers! That’s a brief explanation of “mosque for whom?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Women Go to Mosque: Allowed or Not?

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