Imaam al-Albaanee on the Innovation of Women Callers Teaching in the Mosques

Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H) – rahimahullaah – said whilst mentioning the benefits extracted from the hadeeth (no. 2680) in as-Saheehah (6/401),

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In it is the permissibility of making promises (al-wa’d) and al-Bukhaaree (d.256H) inserted a chapter heading for this hadeeth with the name, Should there be a day of learning made specifically for the women?

I say (al-Albaanee):

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As for what has become widespread here in Damascus in recent times from the women going to and from the mosques at particular times to have lessons from one of them (i.e. the other women) who call themselves women callers (daa’iyaat) as they claim, then that is from the newly invented matters which were not present during the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) or the time of the Salafus-Saalih. Rather, that which was known is that they must be taught by the righteous Scholars in a particular place just as it comes in this hadeeth, or they were taught in the lessons of the men, but separate from them in the mosque if possible. If the case is not like this, they will be overtaken by the men, and knowledge would not be able to be obtained or be asked about.

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So, if there is found amongst the women today, those who were given something from knowledge and sound understanding derived from the Book and Sunnah, then there is no problem that she has a private sitting in her house or in one of the homes of the sisters, this is better for them.  How can this not be when the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said regarding (the women) and the congregational Prayer, “And their homes are better for them.”  So if this is the affair regarding the Prayer, which it is incumbent that in it the woman has to adhere to the etiquette and modesty which she is not abundant in outside of the Prayer, how can she not have even more of this quality in seeking knowledge??  Especially because one of them raises their voice and another may also do this along with her, so there occurs this reprehensible, repugnant buzzing noise in the mosque, and this is what we have heard and witnessed unfortunately.

Then afterwards I saw this newly invented matter traverse to other lands like Amman (Jordan) for example. We ask Allaah for the well being from every newly invented innovation.

Imaam al-Albaanee – rahimahullaah – said commenting on the hadeeth (no. 1999) in Saheehut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb (2/442),

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And its takhreej (i.e. the above hadeeth) is in as-Saheehah (no. 2680) and there I mentioned the innovated matter of the women teaching other women in the mosque, just as some of them do in Damascus and in other places. Indeed, the Prophet spoke the truth when he said, “And their homes are better for them.”

Taken from Qaamoosul-Bida’ (p. 430).

Translation by Abu Suhayl Anwar Wright