Questioner: Please sir; is it permissible in the Sharee’ah for a woman who is knowledgeable or not, to gather the people (for the purpose of explaining the religion to them). Can she organize radio programs or television programs since it has to do with calling to the way of Allaah, and Allaah ordered both men and women to participate in it?
Ustaadh Sulaymaan Amubieya (HafidhohuLlaah): All perfect praise is for Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Assalaamu ‘alaykum warahmotuLlaahi wabarokaatuh.
All perfect praise is due to Allaah who made us Muslims. We beseech the peace and blessings of Allaah upon Muhamamad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam); the one whom Allaah sent as mercy to all of us. Jamaa’ah, we beseech Allaah with His oneness to save us from the deception of Shaytoon.
Before the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) departed from this world, he informed us in an authentic narration that, “If I depart (from you), you will certainly follow the footsteps of those who were given the scripture before you….” In the Islaam with which Allaah sent the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), with authentic evidences, women are not permitted to do Da’wah on the radio. A woman who submits to the will of Allaah is not supposed to do Da’wah on the television. If she is knowledgeable; it is permissible in the religion that she teaches her female counterparts in the mosques, schools of Islaamic learning, (and this should be) amongst the women. It is not from the methodology of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for a woman to go to the radio and television stations (for the purpose of Da’wah), but many people may think that women are also participating in Da’wah (if they do so).
There is a statement we have always called our attention to, and it is this same statement that is affecting us (today). What is it? ‘Do not love the religion of Allaah more than Allaah.’ The One who says a woman should not go to the radio stations for Da’awah from the tongue of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is the owner of His religion. He is the One who knows how to save those who will be saved. Take care of your husband’s house; take care of your children, and take care of your husband too. Have you completed the rights of your husband? Do not turn yourself into that which you are not called (in the Sharee’ah). Do not later become what you are not supposed to be addressed with. Do not allow the devil to turn you into a stone which he stones away. The women are not from this (that is, the believers are not supposed to have these attributes). There are various ways by which you could be beneficial with that which you know of knowledge. Teach your female counterparts.
There is no evidence from the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayh wa sallam) to support this affair. In fact the woman who asked the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) regarding the women that used to gather in her house till when it was time for prayer; Ummu Waroqoh; she asked the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) about how it would be easy for them to pray. The Prophet then appointed a person (a man) who would call the prayer in her place, and he would leave whenever he finishes calling the prayer. They (the women) would pray amongst themselves in that same house wherein they teach themselves knowledge. No woman came out (from them). But regarding all these things, the Prophet said that majority of what we haven’t seen before are things we would be seeing at the end of time. This is one of the signs of the end of this age. From the things which would make us know that we are in the end times is when women say they will do the work of the men in the religion. Wa ssalaamu ‘alaykum warahmotuLlaahi wabarokaatuh; and Allaah knows best.
[SOURCE: QUESTION AND ANSWER, TAPE 26 OF A YEAR’S ROMODOON RADIO LECTURES; TIME OF THE QUESTION AND ANSWER IN THE CLIP, “00:37-03:32”]
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