Women Praying in Masjid ul Haram

Are women rewarded equally as men for offering salaah in Masjid ul Haram? If yes, then what does the following hadeeth mean:

It was narrated from Umm Humayd, the wife of Abu Humayd al-Saa’idi, that she came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: O Messenger of Allaah, I love to pray with you. He said: "I know that you love to pray with me, but praying in your house is better for you than praying in your courtyard, and praying in your courtyard is better for you than praying in the mosque of your people, and praying in the mosque of your people is better for you than praying in my mosque." So she ordered that a prayer-place be built for her in the furthest and darkest part of her house, and she always prayed there until she met Allaah (i.e., until she died).” [1]

The reward applies for both men and women. If a women goes to Makkah she will perform 'umrah and engage in tawaf and sa'ee inside the masjid; thus it follows that she should pray there.

It is not haraam for a woman to pray inside a masjid.

The Sahabiyyah who asked that question lived in Madinah and that will be obviously different from a woman who came to perform 'umrah. Undoubtedly the hadeeth and its meaning is right but it does not say that it is haraam for a woman to pray in those two mosques. Another authentic hadeeth states,

"Do not forbid Allah's female servants from going to the mosque".

And Allah knows best.


[1] [Narrated by Ahmad (26550); classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah in his     Saheeh (3/95), Ibn Hibbaan (5/595) and al-Albaani in Saheeh     al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb (1/135)]

< Back to Questions
If you liked the article, do leave a comment down below