Men praying Jamaah in female section of mosque

21-1-2000 | IslamWeb

Question:

Is it right for a man to pray Jammaa in a female section that is detached from the main mosque where Imam is conducting the prayer ? I am a Sunni Muslim.

Answer:

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. Praying in a place which is specified for women's prayer is permissible for men as long as there are other men praying, and one was not alone in the row. Basically, men's rows should be next to the Imam, then children's rows and then women's ones behind the children. In a sound Hadith, Anas Ibn Malik ( may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him) said: "An orphan and I prayed behind the Messenger of Allah two Rakahs and my mother (or grand mother) prayed behind us". Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim. Praying alone in a row is incorrect if there is a room. Prophet Muhammad (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: " The prayer of a person standing alone behind the rows is not valid ". Related by Ahmad. But, it is disliked to pray in that place if the women are found there at the time of prayer. Prophet (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: "The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones are the last ones, and the best rows for women are the last ones and the worst rows for them are the first ones". Reported by Muslim. Allah knows best

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