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I’tikaaf for Ladies


Can you still visit the masjid for taraweeh prayers of you are a lady and doing itikaf at home.


Salamun Alaykum

I believe this question is asked by a Sunni sister so the relevant answer
is that:

The Hanafi Madhab is the only one that actually allows a lady to perform
I’tikaf in her own Musalla at home. And Abu Hanifa did not consider
allowable for women to perform I’tikaf in a mosque where congregational
prayers are held, but she can visit for tarawih only if she wants

All other madhabs, i.e., Ja’fari, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali only allow
I’tikaf to be performed in the mosque and do not consider the persons
personal musalla at home to suffice for the purpose.


Abbas Jaffer