Women should remain concealed and the best place for a woman to offer Salah

Question

Is this narration authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “A woman is privacy. When she is about to go outdoor, and her kinsmen ask, ‘Where are you going?’ She says, ‘I will visit a patient, or attend a funeral.”

 

Answer

Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu):

“Women should remain concealed. when a woman emerges from her home due to having a [genuine] need, Shaytan stares at her and says, ‘You will not pass by anybody except that they will marvel at you.’ When a woman dresses [to leave her home]  and she is asked, ‘Where are you going?’, she replies, ‘I am going to visit the sick, or attend a funeral or offer Salah in the Masjid, [whereas] a woman can not worship her Rabb as [wonderfully] as she can worship Him in her home.'”

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 8914 and 9480)

 

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded the narration as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 7434)

 

‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of Tabarani sound (hasan). ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators of Tabarani reliable (rijaluhu thiqat).

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 2 pg. 35. Also see: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 227)

 

This maybe quoted as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

 

Note: Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has also recorded the first part of this narration. See here

Also see here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar