What is status of following Hadith?
“The reward of a woman’s Salah when performed individually [in her home] is twenty five times more rewarding than her performing it in congregation [of men]”
Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration in Tarikh Asbahan.
(Tarikh Asbahan, vol. 2 pg. 19 Also see Musnadul Firdaws, Hadith: 3726)
The chain for this consists of an unknown narrator and a narrator whom Imam Abu Nu’aym and others have declared weak. ‘Allamah Munawi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith weak.
(At Taysir Sharhul Jami’is Saghir, vol. 2 pg. 99 and Al Mughir of Ahmad Siddiq Al Ghumari, vol. 4 pg. 251 [5092/2134])
There are numerous authentic narrations which explain that it is more virtuous for a woman to perform Salah in the inner portion of her home. Although these Hadiths do not specify a number, they do support the fact that a woman’s Salah is more virtuous in her home.
(Refer: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 225-228)
And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar