Question Askedby Masjid Ahlul-Qur’an wal-Hadeeth in Washington, D.C. to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee al-Madkhalee During ‘Umrah, 1436 AH
Before the reader are few questions that were asked by Masjid Ahlul-Qur’aan wal-Hadeeth on our recent ‘Umrah trip. These questions were given to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Haadee al-Madhkhalee, one of the well-recognized scholars and defenders of the Sunnah in Madeenah, may Allaah protect him.
This question is from America. The questioner asks:
Some of the women complain about difficulty in following the Imaam in the prayer. To further elaborate: If they pray with him, this difficulty is a result of:
they were late to the prayer, so they do not know what unit of prayer he has reached, or
because the Imaam prostrates the prostration of recitation.
Here is the question: Is it permissible to use a monitor, so they can see the Imaam?
No. No. The women attend the prayer with the Imaam and pray. They observe the Imaam. If they can not observe him, and they are in the Masjid with him, they hear his voice and see the congregation praying. This is because the women are in the back ranks, so they see the men.
If they do not see the Imaam, they hear his voice. If they do not hear his voice, they see the congregation. Therefore, they follow them.
As it relates to her not knowing which unit of prayer he is on, then there is no harm in this. She enters the prayer with him and calculates which unit he is on.
Is it the third unit of prayer if it is Maghrib? Is it the second unit, the third unit, or the fourth unit if the prayer is four units? Is it the second unit if it is Fajr prayer? She will know.
As it relates to the prostration of forgetfulness, then she sees it. And if there is no view nor any sound, then following in this situation is invalid, and it is sufficient for her to pray by herself in her home.