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Mar 29, 2018

A Woman's Voice

"And they must not stamp their feet on the ground in order that their hidden adornment be known."

[Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Qur'an)] (Part 18, Sūraĥ An-Nūr, verse 31)

In the commentary of this verse, the great Mufassir, Khalīfaĥ of A’lā Ḥaḍrat, Ṣadr-ul-Afāḍil ‘Allāmaĥ Maulānā Sayyid Muhammad Na’īmuddīn Murādābādī Alaihirrahmah said: "Even at home women should tread carefully so that the sound of their jewellery is inaudible."

Ruling: Hence women should not wear anklets which jingle. It is stated in a Ḥadīš: Allah Ta'aala does not accept the supplication of a community whose women wear anklets.
(Tafsīrāt-e-Aḥmadiyyaĥ, pp. 565)

One should understand that if the sound of jewellery can be a reason for the supplication remaining unaccepted, then surely the voice of a woman (being heard by non-Maḥram men without Shar’ī exemption) and her unveiling will invite the wrath of the Almighty. Carelessness in respect of veiling can lead to disaster.
(Khazāin-ul-‘Irfān, pp. 566)

My master A’lā Ḥaḍrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan was asked, ‘A few women gather in a house to celebrate Mīlād and their voices are audible from outside home. Similarly, in Muḥarram, they recite a book about martyrdom aloud together, is this permissible?’

My master A’lā Ḥaḍrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan answered, ‘Not permissible, because the voice of a woman should also be concealed; a non- Maḥram man listening to a woman’s attractive voice causes Fitnaĥ [mischief].’
(Fatāwā Razawiyyaĥ, vol. 22, pp. 240)

My master A’lā Ḥaḍrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan gives the following answer to another question, ‘It is Ḥarām for a woman to recite loudly in a beautiful voice in a way that non-Maḥram men can hear her tunes.’

Faqīĥ Abul Layš Samarqandī’s ‘Nawāzil’ states, ‘A woman’s beautiful voice should be concealed.’

Imām Abul Barakāt Nasafī’s ‘Kāfī states, ‘A woman should not recite the Talbiyaĥ (i.e loudly) because her voice should be concealed.

‘Allāmaĥ Shāmī states, ‘It is prohibited for a woman to raise her voice, to lengthen and to shorten it, to speak softly, and to speak with short pauses like poetry, because in all these cases, men will be seduced towards them and be lustfully aroused. This is why a woman is not allowed to call the Azan.’
(And Allah knows the most.)

(Rad-dul-Muḥtār, vol. 2, pp. 97; Fatāwā Razawiyyaĥ, vol. 22, pp. 242)

Mar 22, 2018

Method of Performing Fatiha

The Muslims’ traditional method of Fatiha (Eesaal-e-Sawaab) is as follows:

1. Commence with reciting Ta'awwuz (A'uzu Billah) and Tasmiyah (Bismillah).
2. Recite Surah al-Kafirun once.
3. Recite Surah al-Ikhlas 3 times.
4. Recite Surah al-Falaq once.
5. Recite Surah al-Naas once.
6. Recite Surah al-Fatiha once.
7. First 5 verses of Surah al-Baqarah
8. Verse 63 of Surah al-Baqarah
9. Verse 56 of Surah al-Aa'raf
10. Verse 107 of Surah al-Anbiya
11. Verse 40 of Surah al-Ahzab
12. Aayat-e-Durood i.e. Verse 56 of Surah al-Ahzab
13. Recite Durood Sharif
14. Verse 82 of Surah al-Saffaat.

Now, raising hands, the reciter of ‘Fatiha’ should loudly say “Al-Fatihah.” All the attendees should recite Surah Fatiah in low voice. Now, the reciter may make Esaal-e-Sawab.

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