A narration that woman should wear something around her neck
Fatwa No: 163525

Question

is it correct according to hazrat Ayesha(R.A)riwayat that women should wear some thing in neck such as necklace or black thread etc?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We have not come across any narration with this wording from ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her. However, a similar narration was narrated from her about the dress of the woman during the prayer. Al-Bayhaqi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported in “As-Sunan Al-Kubra” that ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her disliked for a woman to pray without adornment, even if she wears a string around her neck.

Besides, Abdur-Razzaaq  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported the same thing in his “Al-Musannaf” from Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he was asked: “Can a woman pray while wearing no necklace around her neck?” He replied: “A woman should not pray except while wearing a necklace around her neck even if she could not find anything but a cord.”

Moreover, Abdur-Razzaaqk  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him also reported in his “Al-Musannaf” from Ma’mar from Ayyoob from Ibn Seereen that he disliked that a woman prays without having a necklace around her neck. I said: “Why is this?” He replied: “So that she would not resemble men.”

Also, a Dha’eef [weak] narration was reported from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) which the author of “Kanz Al-Ummaal” attributed to Ibn An-Najjaar. Moreover, As-Suyooti  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him stated in “Al-Jaami’ Al-Kabeer” that it was reported by Ibn Abi Haatim in “Al-‘Ilal” and he classified it as Dha’eef. Its wording is: “O ‘Ali, order your women not to pray without adornments, and order them to dye their hands with Henna so that they (their hands) would not resemble the hands of men.”

Allaah Knows best.

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