Imaam Badruddeen Al-‘Ayni Regarding Women in Masaajid
Imaam Abu Daawood Rahimahullaah reports the following authentic Hadeeth in his Sunan:
حَدَّثَنَا الْقَعْنَبِيُّ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدٍ، عَنْ عَمْرَةَ بِنْتِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، أَنَّهَا أَخْبَرَتْهُ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ زَوْجَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَتْ: «لَوْ أَدْرَكَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَا أَحْدَثَ النِّسَاءُ لَمَنَعَهُنَّ الْمَسْجِدَ كَمَا مُنِعَهُ نِسَاءُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ» ، قَالَ يَحْيَى: فَقُلْتُ لِعَمْرَةَ: أَمُنِعَهُ نِسَاءُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ؟ قَالَتْ: نَعَمْ
Al-Qa’nabee narrates from Maalik, from Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed who narrated that ‘Amrah Bint ‘Abdir Rahmaan informed him that ‘Aa`ishah (Radhiallaahu ‘Anhaa) the wife of Nabi Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam said: If Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam were to see what the women have innovated, then he (Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) would have prevented them from (coming to) the Masjid like how the women of Bani Israaeel were prevented. Yahyaa said: So I asked ‘Amrah: Were the women of Bani Israaeel prevented (from the Masjid)? She replied: Yes.
Hadhrat ‘Aa`ishah Radhiallaahu ‘Anhaa was referring to the women of her time who the women of today cannot hold a candle to, yet she made this statement after seeing them coming to the Masjid perfumed and wearing fine clothes, and that was enough for her to declare the impermissibility of women attending the Masaajid.
Commenting on this Hadeeth in his explanation of Sunan Abu Daawood, Imaam Badruddeen Al-‘Ayni Rahimahullaah (Passed away in 855 A.H.) says:
If ‘Aa`ishah Radhiallaahu ‘Anhaa were to witness what the women of this time have introduced of innovations and evils, she would have been much more harsh (in her prohibition). Especially the women of Egypt, as they have innovated such things that cannot be described, such as:
1: Piling their hair on top of their heads and covering it with thin scarves so that it resembles the humps of camels.
2: Wearing dresses with extremely wide sleeves.
3: And it happened to reach my ears regarding one of the women of Egypt who had a dress made from nearly one hundred cubits of coloured silk.
4: Walking in the bazaars in fancy clothing.
5: Wearing conspicuous (strong smelling) perfume.
6: Having their faces uncovered.
7: Walking proudly in an enticing manner.
8: Riding energetic donkeys
9: Intermingling with men while wearing dresses with slitted sleeves (exposing the forearm).
10: Riding in boats in the Nile and the bay of Egypt mixed with men.
11: Some of them sing with loud voices.
12: Their being dominant over the men.
13: And subjugating them.
14: And being in command of them.
15: Selling detestable things openly.
16: And intermingling with men while doing so.
17: There are some who are pimps that demoralize men and women.
18: Some are prostitutes sitting around waiting to do immoral deeds.
19: Some are thieves who steal from houses and public baths.
20: Some are sorceresses who engage in sorcery and blowing on knots.
21: Hawkers in the bazaars dealing with men.
22: Wailers who wail over the dead for money.
23: Some who tear their clothes and slap their cheeks over the dead for money.
24: Some are paid singers who sing for all sorts of entertainment for men and women.
25: There are those who go around with proposals of men to women who are married, causing trouble between women and their husbands until they divorce them.
And there are many other types of evils which are outside the boundaries of the Sharee’ah.
So look at what ‘Aa`ishah (Radhiallaahu ‘Anhaa) said: “If Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam were to see what the women have innovated” and this was only a very short time after the demise of Nabi Sallallaahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam, despite the fact that they did not do one tenth of what the women of this time are doing, so if these women had to be in that time then they would have been prevented from living let alone coming to Masjid.
End quote of Imaam Badruddeen Al-’Ayni Rahimahullaah.
Such was the situation five hundred years ago during the time of Imaam Badruddeen Al-‘Ayni Rahimahullaah, and he felt so strongly about it that forget about letting women come to Masjid, he felt they don’t even deserve to live, so just imagine what he would say had he lived to see the women of today, who does all that he mentioned and more, who have long since transgressed all boundaries of the Sharee’ah, and where they use the Masaajid for almost every other purpose other than the worship of Allaah. In fact the things he mentioned have become such a part of daily life, that when a person speaks against it he is regarded as a radical extremist that is misinterpreting Islaam, as though these ignorant deviant women know the Sharee’ah better than the pious ‘Ulamaa who have safeguarded the Deen since the time of the Sahaabah Radhiallaahu ‘Anhum Ajma’een.
Wallaahul musta’aan, Wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah.
May Allaah guide us all to the straight path.
Was Salaamu ‘Alaykum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuh.
 This is in reference to the Hadeeth found in Saheeh Muslim and the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad Rahimahullaah: There are two groups of people of the inmates of hell whom I have not yet seen, women who are clothed yet naked, they walk in a proud and enticing manner, on their heads is something like the humps of camels, leaning to one side, they will not see paradise nor even smell its scent. And men who have whips like the tails of cows with which they beat the people.
 This is in reference to the Hadeeth in footnote #1.
 The equivalent in our times would be “Driving flashy cars”.
 This is in reference to Surah Al-Falaq, Aayah #4: And (I seek refuge in Allaah) from the evil of those who blow on knots.
 This is hinting that the women who engage in all these things are deserving of being executed.