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20-06-2005 @ 7:12 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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What did the Prophet do?
(sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)
An Evaluation of the "Islamic Basis"
for Female-Led Prayer

Prepared by Ali Yahya

A response to Nevin Reda's article: 'What Would the Prophet Do?' about Muslim women leading prayers

[ In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful... ]

On March 18, 2005, for perhaps the first time in the history of Islam, a woman delivered a khutbah and led a mixed congregation in Jumu'ah prayers. Although this action was clearly at variance with Islamic teachings and the consensus of the Muslim Ummah, attempts have been made to legitimize it. The most notable of these is a piece by Nevin Reda, available on the Internet.

Sadly, Nevin Reda's arguments have convinced a number of Muslims of the admissibility, or even desirability, of such prayers. This essay is a response to those arguments.

A Guiding Principle: Adhering to the Understanding of the Companions and Eschewing Innovations

-- Abu Daawood and at-Tirmithee reported on the authority of Irbaadh bin Saariyah that Allah's Messenger said:

"Whoever of you lives (after me) shall see much difference of opinion; so adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly-guided Caliphs after me; bite on to it with your back teeth; and beware of innovations, for every innovation is misguidance."[1]

-- Al-Bukharee and Muslim reported on the authority of Ibn Masood that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:

"The best of mankind is my generation; then those who come after them; then those who come after them."[2]

These two narrations (and others of the same import) establish two very important principles: First, that the only correct way of understanding and implementing Islam is that of the Companions of Muhammad (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)...

Continue reading PART ONE of this five part series:

And the other five parts of the series are also available.

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك
أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت
أستغفرك وأتوب إليك

21-06-2005 @ 12:07 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Jameelah Michael ibn 'Abdullaah (Columbia, SC)
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As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Bismillah wa salaatu wa salaamu ala arasoolillah wa ala alihe wa ashabihe ajma'een:

Wallahul Musta'an,

I was in New York at the time this whole matter unfolded.  By the mercy of Allah I did not have the bad opportunity of running into anyone that supported her other than the kafirune, walhamdulillah.  This is a tremendous benefit for anyone who is in doubt(if that is possible)about this matter.  I would like to personally thank the brother for his effort.  Jazahu Allah fee kulli khairun, Ameen.

min 'abdillah:
Abu Jameelah Michael Latham

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