Women Praying Salaah in the Haram or the Hotel?

Question:

Me and my family are at Makka now for Hajj within 2km of Masjid ul Haram. should the ladies pray at hotel and can get the same rewards of praying at Masjid ul Haram.

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Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

May Allah grant you Hajj e Mabroor. Kindly remember us in your duas.

It is advisable for a woman to pray her Salaah in the hotel room whilst in Makkah Mukarramah and Madina Munawwarah. She will receive the same reward as praying in the Haram. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Consider the following Hadith:

عَنْ عَمَّتِهِ امْرَأَةٍ أَبِيْ حُمَيْدٍ السَّاعِدِيِّ أَنَّهَا جَاءَتِ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَتْ يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِنِّيْ أُحِبُّ الصَّلَاةَ مَعَكَ فَقَالَ قَدْ عَلِمْتُ أَنَّكِ تُحِبِّيْنَ الصَّلَاةَ مَعِيْ وَصَلَاتِكِ فِيْ بَيْتِكِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ صَلَاتِكِ فِيْ حُجْرَتِكِ وَصَلَاتِكِ فِيْ حُجْرَتِكِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ صَلَاتِكِ فِيْ دَارِكِ وَصَلَاتِكِ فِيْ دَارِكِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ صَلَاتِكِ فِيْ مَسْجِدِ قَوْمِكِ وَصَلَاتِكِ فِيْ مَسْجِدِ قَوْمِكِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ صَلَاتِكِ فِيْ مَسْجِدِيْ فَأَمَرَتْ فَبُنِيَ لَهَا مَسْجِدٌ فِيْ أَقْصَى شَيْءٍ مِنْ بَيْتِهَا وَأَظْلَمِهِ فَكَانَتْ تُصَلِّيْ فِيْهِ حَتَّى لَقِيَتْ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ  

 

“It is narrated that Umm Humayd, radiyallahu ‘anhaa, the wife of Abu Humayd al-Saa’idi, radiyallahu ‘anhu, came to the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I like to pray with you.” He said, “I know that you like to pray with me, but your prayer in your room is better for you than your prayer in your courtyard and your prayer in your courtyard is better for you than your praying in your house, and your prayer in your house is better for you than your prayer in the mosque of your people, and your prayer in the mosque of your people is better for you than your prayer in my mosque.” So she issued orders that a prayer-place be prepared for her in the furthest part of her house, and she used to pray there until she met Allaah (i.e. died)” [1]

If, a woman visits the Haram for tawaaf or ziyaarat while adhering to complete hijab and performs her Salaah in the Haram, her Salaah will be valid.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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[1]المنهاج في شعب الإيمان (2/ 334)

  [2]عَن عَائِشَة زوج النَّبِي [صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم] قَالَت: ” لَو أدْرك رَسُول الله [صلى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسلم] مَا أحدث النِّسَاء لمنعهن الْمَسَاجِد كَمَا (مَنعه) نسَاء بني إِسْرَائِيل “. قَالَ يحيى بن سعيد: فَقلت لعمرة (أمْنَعهُ) نسَاء بني إِسْرَائِيل؟ قَالَت: نعم. اللباب في الجمع بين السنة والكتاب (1/ 255)

 

 [3]والفتوى اليوم على الكراهة في الصلوات كلها لظهور الفساد{بذل ألمجهود ١/٣١٩ إمداديه}

[4] ويكره حضورهن الجماعة[الدرالمختار ١/٥٦٦]

 [5]فتاوى محمودية ٦/٤٧٥ 

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