Q. May women attend jalsahs such as Bukhari Jalsah which have proper purdah facilities?
A. Women should not attend Bukhari Jalsahs. Their emergence is occasioned by pressing need. There is no need in them attending the customary Bukhari Jalsahs of extravagance and show.
The proper pardah facilities you speak about are imaginary. As long as men are invited to the same venue, adequate pardah arrangements can hardly be implemented. Be that as it may, when it is not permissible for women to attend the Masjid for even the five daily Fardh Salaat then by what stretch of Islamic logic can it be permissible for them to attend the Bukhari Jalsah?
“Whoever wants Allah Ta’ala to grant him the Noor of Hikmat [the spiritual light of wisdom] he should adopt solitude as far as possible, he should eat less, dissociate from stupid people and stay far away from those Ulama who are partial and ill-bred.” (Imaam Shaafi' Rahmatullahi Alaih)
Whenever Hazrat would speak on contentious issues he would never at all attempt to detach the mureeds and associates of other Buzrugs of different thought. In fact, he would speak the matter in such a beautiful manner that even after listening to bitter and sour things they would be under the impression that Hazrat was friendly with them.
In a certain place, Maarwaar, Hazrat was due to give a lecture. The peer zaadah there feared that Hazrat Thanwi will try to take the peer zaadah’s mureeds away from him. He, therefore, discreetly took an Aalim of his kind and liking and sat for the bayaan.
The reason behind bringing his ‘own’ Aalim was to stage a protest debate at anything which Hazrat puts forward against his ideals. Hazrat was blissfully unaware of this. However, Minjaanibillah – with the Direction of Allah – a befitting topic came under discussion in which Hazrat very subtly drew the attention of people away from these peer zaadahs. He stated: “The offspring of the Buzrugs deserve the right to be served financially. However, Deeni service should not be taken from them at all. Don’t trouble them by asking mas-alah masaa-il. This service should be taken from the Ulama as they are learned. But don’t serve the Ulama financially as they are not in need of it. All are earning a livelihood to the degree of necessity, whereas the Buzrug Zaadahs have no means of livelihood. Therefore, they should be served financially and work should be taken from the Ulama.”
Upon hearing this, the peer zaadah became very happy and after the wa’z, instead of initiating an argument, he kissed the hands of Hazrat, whereas Hazrat had in fact severed his legs. [In other words, Hazrat Thanwi had drawn the attention of people not to follow the peer zaadahs in Deeni matters as they were jaahil and bid’atis ensnaring the ignorant masses into committing acts of bid’ah and shir’k at the graves of their ancestral Buzrugs.]
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: "Allah loves the woman who has love and affection for her husband and safeguards herself from other men." Lesson: This means that she should not consider it below her dignity to express her love and adulation for her husband as is the habit of certain proud and haughty women. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: "Women are also parts of men." Lesson: It is a well-known fact that Hawwa was created from Adam ‘alayhimas salam. The meaning of this Hadith is that rules that are applicable to men are applicable to women as well, except for certain specific rules. Based on this, even if their virtues are not mentioned separately, then too there is nothing to complain about. The virtues for good deeds which are mentioned with regard to men are applicable to women as well.
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15 Jamaadil Ula 1440 AH
21 January 2018
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Competition for Worldy Wealth
Narrated by `Amr bin `Auf Radiallahu Anhu:
(An ally of the tribe of Bani 'Amir bin Lu'ai and one of those who had witnessed the battle of Badr with Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)) Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sent Abu 'Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah Radiallahu Anhu to Bahrain to collect the Jizya tax. Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had concluded a peace treaty with the people of Bahrain and appointed Al 'Ala bin Al-Hadrami as their chief; Abu Ubaida Radiallahu Anhu arrived from Bahrain with the money. The Ansar heard of Abu 'Ubaida's Radiallahu Anhu arrival which coincided with the Fajr (morning) prayer led by Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). When Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam finished the prayer, they came to him. Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) smiled when he saw them and said, "I think you have heard of the arrival of Abu 'Ubaida and that he has brought something." They replied, "Yes, O Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)! " He said, "Have the good news, and hope for what will please you. By Allah, I am not afraid that you will become poor, but I am afraid that worldly wealth will be given to you in abundance as it was given to those (nations) before you, and you will start competing each other for it as the previous nations competed for it, and then it will divert you (from good) as it diverted them." '