Tarawih strengthen spirituality, says female worshipper
Tarawih is neither fard nor a Sunnah but Sunnah Muakkadah (Emphasized practice of the Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him) and has a great value and reward from the God. The extra prayers are only offered during the holy month of Ramadan.
Women and girls are enthusiastically attending mosques including Sarwar-i-Kainat, Sherpur, Wazir Akbar Khan, Abdul Rahman and others to offer Tarawih prayers and their number has increased compared to the previous year.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News that offering prayers in congregation had more reward and infused spiritually in each nerve of humans. She called on other women to offer the tarawih in mosques in order to receive more reward.
Another woman, Sharifa, said she had been visiting a mosque in the Khair Khana area to offer tarawih prayers with other women. She said during the era of Prophet Mohammad and his companions, women would offer prayers in mosques and would attend recitation of the Quran without any restrictions.
She confirmed the number of women and girls attending mosques to offer tarawih prayers had increased as compared to the previous year, saying it showed the power of their faith.
“Fewer number of women attended mosques the previous year, but this year their number has so increased that one can hardly find a place.”
Sumiyya, a private university student, visits the Golai Park mosque in the Khair Khana Mena area with her mother and a sister. She said women’s participation in congregations helped them learn religious knowledge and understanding besides offering prayers.
“The doors of the hell are closed and those of the heaven are open during this holy month, which is full of auspiciousness and blessings and when God endorses all worships.”
Correcting scarf on her forehead, Sumiyya said she always offered Friday prayers in mosque. She lamented some men did not allow their women to attend mosque. “When women go to school, colleges, universities and offices, what is wrong if they go to mosque,” she asked.
A 37-year-old Shukria said she remained busy doing household work and she was enthusiastic to attend mosque for prayers but her spouse did not allow her to do so.
She said her husband used to make a mockery of her by saying: “Illiterates do not go to mosque.”
However, she hoped she would be able to convince her husband to let her go to mosque for tarawih prayers.
A grocery seller in the Thaimani neighbourhood, Ayub, said attending mosque by women had reward, but he could not allow his wife to go to mosque due to some family problems.
He said his wife breastfed their child and if she went to mosque with the baby, who would cry and disrupt the mosque environment. He said some women in their neighourhood attended mosque for tarawih prayers.
Religious scholar, Maulvi Shams Rahman Frotan, said there was no bar on women’s attending mosque and offering five times prayers. However, if there was violence and insecurity, women should stay indoors for their own security, he said.
In a hadith, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) says don’t stop women from going to mosque. The hadith makes it clear that common women, the wives of the Prophet and those of the followers would go to mosque for prayers.
Maulvi Frotan said exclusive places should be created for women in mosques, where they could learn religious education and worship.
In Islam, husbands cannot stop their wives from attending mosque if they intend so until there is a valid justification and excuse in accordance with Shariah to stop them.
Maulvi Frotan asid if the mosque was situated near and there was peace, women did not need the company of a male family member to go to mosque. And if children did not scream, there was no problem in taking them to the mosque, he added.
There have been complaints that women took children with them to mosque and the children disrupted the recitation of the Quran by talking loudly. But the Ministry of Religious Affairs says it has received no such complaint.
The ministry spokesman, Habib Rahman Salehi, told Pajhwok Afghan News besides some relatively small mosques, there were 34 big mosques in the central capital, where men and women offered tarawih and the five times prayers.
He said special microphones had been installed in these mosques to enable women to listen to sermons and recitation of the Quran.
He also confirmed women’s participation in the tarawih prayers had increased this year and the ministry had provided required facilities to the women.
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