Mufti Razaul Haq Saab (D.B) on Masturaat Jamaat..
It is essential and recommended that women participate in the effort of Tabligh by going out in Mastoorat Jamaat. There is no question regarding its permissibility, and the Quraan and Ahaadith bear testimony to this fact.
This is not the forum to discuss each supportive proof, but just a few of these proofs are referenced below for your consideration.•
`Surah Bara`ah’, verse 71: In this ayah, mention is made of enjoining good and forbidding evil, immediately after the mention of `Muminaat’ (believing women). This indicates that the work of dawah and tabligh is the lot of women as well.•
`Sahih Bukhari’; Vol 1; pg. 403: This hadith proves that the Sahabiyaat [female companions of Nabi (SAW)] used to accompany the men into battle on certain occasions. If women were permitted to travel despite possible capture or death, we can easily extrapolate the permissibility for women to travel in Mastoorah Jamaat, where their Hidayah and reformation is envisaged.•
It is common knowledge that a woman, Fatimah bint-e-Khattab(RA), the sister of Hazrat Umar (RA) was the means and catalyst of her brother, Umar (RA) coming into the fold of Islam. This proves that many a times given the appropriate platform, women can become a great medium in the spread of hidayah/guidance.
Mastoorah Jamaat provides women with an appropriate platform, without transgressing any of the limits of Shariah.It should be borne in mind that the laws of Shariah as well as the advices of the ulema and elders/seniors, should be respected and adhered to when going out in Mastoorah Jamaat, viz. a lady should adopt strict hijaab, she should be accompanied by a mahram, etc.
If these are strictly adhered to, the benefit that will accrue to both the male and the female are too many to be enumerated upon at this juncture.
May Allah Ta`ala accept the efforts and sacrifices of all those involved in contributing, assisting and promoting this high and noble effort.
For a more detailed explanation, including further proofs, please consult our compilation of fataawa, entitled `Fataawa Darul Uloom Zakariyya`; Volume 1; pages 451 – 457.
Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Faculty of Ifta
Darul Uloom Zakariyya
Lenasia , South Africa
02 March 2011
26 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1432