Salam alaikum wrb,
Ehsan, jazaka Allahu khair for your posting of the response. It is consistant with what the scholars
say on the issue.
Is that harsh or an over-exageration of the truth or am I way off in my understaing of the role of the masjid? My understanding was that women (even menstrating ones!) can join study sessions and only lean on the walls where people don't pray basically. Is this true or not?
It is obligatory on all people, including women, to learn the ilm. They should be encouraged to go to the
masjids and learn from the imams, shuyukh, and ulema. It is also encumbant on everyone to help and encourage
each other to learn their religion, and remove the wrong ideas and conceptions that they may have. It is not
right to dissuade and discourage our women from attending the places of ilm, as prophet Muhammed
said, "Do not prevent your women from going to the masjids."
There are quite a few rulings from the ulema that allow women to go the masjid in a state of menstruation, under various circumstances, provided that the menstrual blood is contained. It is also the view of the majority of scholars that woman in a state of menstruation are in areas that are not used for praying, liking in storage areas, walkways, classrooms, etc. This is the view of Bin Baz, Ibn Uthaimeen, and the majority of the schools.
And children...well I thought you were to encourage them to see and love the prayer and the mosque afrom a very young age? Especially since they don't see Muslims and people praying all around them being a minority here? I NEVER expected it to be "disliked"? This sounds as though you have to introduce it at an age when they CAN actually behave and have control morally and biologically and expect them to love it and even discepline them over prayer due to its importance, but not try to instill it in them before that? What am I missing here.
For children, it becomes obligatory to encourage them to pray at the age of seven, and hit them (unabusively) at the age of ten. Some scholars say the encouragement for prayer starts at an earlier age, when the child can distinguish his right hand from the left, based on a hadith from prophet Muhammed
You are absolutely right that a child should be taught the teachings of Islam, and be exposed to the traditions of prophet Muhammed
, and not be estranged from them. It is encumbant on all parents to instill into their children the teachings of Islam, and not leave them ignorant and unheedful and unknowing.
There are also cases where parents may look at their daughter, and say , "Oh she is only a little girl," where in fact she may have reached the age of bulugh (puberty) and the requirements of Islam are obligatory on her, and it is not correct for her to leave them.
What are the general guidelines for Muslims in the mosque bathrooms too? A few articles were suggesting changing tables in the bathrooms...so what happens once you change a child? Do you leave behind dirty nappies or do women leave sanitary napkins properly disposed of if in fact we are allowed in there in the first place? Or is the proper etiquette to take diapers and such things all the way back home with you?
According to the scholars, the bathrooms are not part of the Masjid, and therefore take the same ruling as bathrooms in other places. By definition "masjid" means place of prayer, and it is not allowed to pray in bathrooms. It is encouraged, when building a masjid, to build facilities around the masjid, such as bathrooms, and places for wudhu, so that it facilitates the worshippers to pray in a calm a peaceful manner.
And Allah knows
Salam alaikum wrb,