Difference In Praying for Men and Women


Asak,My Question is,is there any difference in the way of praying salaah between a male and a female.If yes, please state the differences.


All praise is due to Allah.

In general, the Ulema state that both men and women were addressed by the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, when he stood up on the minbar and performed Salat, and then came down to perform the Sajdahs, and when he finished, he said: “Pray (all of you) the way you all have (just) seen me praying.”

However, some ulema indicate that it may be more concealing for a woman to press her body close together in sajdah, and this may especially be the case if she can be seen praying by men.

Abu Dawud narrates that the Prophet may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him passed by two women praying, and said, “If you two perform Sajdah press your bodies close to the ground, for a woman is not like a man in that.”

عن يزيد بن أبي حبيب ، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم مر على امرأتين تصليان فقال : ( إذا سجدتما فضمَّا بعض اللحم إلى الأرض ؛ فإن المرأة ليست في ذلك كالرجل ) .

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Since this hadith is weak, it cannot be said that this action is part of one’s prayer. However, when praying in view of others, a woman should be careful to guard her modesty as much as possible.

Allah knows best.

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