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Q554: listening to Quran in a females voice

Q3.what is worse? watching an indian moovie which contains music,nude women or listening to a women who is covered up with a headscarf praying quran on youtube? i know they are both wrong but i would like to know which is a bigger sin?

A3. The voice of a female is attractive and therfore regarded as an awrah.

Allah says in the quran. فلا تخضعن بالقول فيطمع الذي في قلبه مرض
Trans: (Wives of the prophet!)”Do not be tender in your speech, lest people in whose hearts there is sickness may lust after you” (33:32)

One Hadith says: “المرءة عورة فإذا خرجت استشرفها الشيطان ولا تكون اقرب الي الله منها في قعر بيتها”

A female is awrah ( that which should be concealed) when she leaves her abode, shaytan raises eyebrows at her, she cannot be more closer to Allah than when she is in the inner part of her house. (Mishkaat) So listening to a female’s voice can be allowed when needed, however, without necessity or when lust overcomes, it will be a sin to do so.

The similitude of what you have asked is like a person asking whether one would rather be buried alive or burnt alive. Naturally, a person would prefer neither. Likewise, asking which of two things is the greater sin assumes a person has the capacity to withstand the punishment that such an act would incur. The punishment of the Hereafter is very severe and a person should never assume that they will be able to bear it. Consequently, one should avoid all kinds of sins and should not concern oneself with which is the bigger sin.

6 Responses

  1. Asslamo Allaikum Shaykh (Hazrat) Saheb (DB),

    It is my understanding that the vocie of a woman is NOT awrah in the Hanafi Madhab The Ayaat apply to the situation but NOT because the voice (of a woman) is awrah but because they are trying to beautify it (during recitation. I would like some clarification on the matter.

    Jazakullah Khairun

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    Walaikumussalam w w

    Qadhi Thanaullah panipati rahmatullahi alayhi writes in ‘Ma Labudda Minhu’ p56

    ‘A woman’s voice is also part of her awrah. Therefore, if a woman should (in the presence of a non mahram) read her salat aloud, the salat will be invalid’

    I just want direct you to the first sentence. It has been an agreed upon factor that a woman’s voice is also awrah.

    Therefore, she should be very careful. and others should also avoid deriving sexual pleasure from her sweet and attractive tune, even if it’s through recitation of the Quran, in fact I would say that, that would be even worse.


  2. Muadh Khan

    Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh Hazrat,

    First and foremost “Eid Muabarak” and secondly I would like to request your special duas for me and the family. Hazrat, please click below to see the relevant section of the book by Hazrat Allamah Qadi Thanaullah Panipatti (RA) in original Persian (with English translation) and in my humble and unqualified opinion he doesn’t say that voice of the woman is Awrah and its clear by his choice of Persian words (and also Urdu translation).

    The relevant passage can be translated as, “It is written in Durr-e-Nawazil that voice of a woman is worthy of being hidden and Imam Ibn Humam (RA) states that by definition if a woman recite Qur’aan loudly in Salah then her Salah is invalidated”

    Jazakullah Khairun

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    Walaikumussalam w w

    Eid Mubarak to you as well. May Allah accept ibadat of Ramzan nd be pleased.

    The word awrah is in the text. Then in brackets it’s translation has been given. It’s not just this text, it’s an established fact among the fuqaha that the voice of a lady is satr, except in times of need.


  3. Muadh Khan

    Asslamo Allaikum Hazrat,

    My understanding has always been that normal voice of a woman is NOT AWRAH but melodious voice of a woman is AWRAH as stated from the first post. This doesn’t mean that I am supporting women talking unnecessarily and mingling with members of the opposite gender. I double-checked my understanding with knowledgeable Ulamah and got a confirmation that indeed normal voice of a woman in the Madhab is NOT AWRAH but melodious voice of a woman is AWRAH.

    I wanted to confirm with multiple Ulamah before responding.

    May Allah (SWT) reward you for your patience with a Jaahil like me. I wanted to consult our local Imam Qari (Maulana) Surati Saheb (DB) who studied at Saharunpur and had the great fortune of being in the company of Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Zakariyya Kandhalwi (RA) and he is fluent in Persian to directly check the text of Hazrat Allamah Qadi Thanaullah Panipatti (RA) in original Persian.

    First and foremost Hazrat, I would like to accept my mistake in translation and indeed Hazrat Allamah Qadi Thanaullah Panipatti (RA) has stated in Persian that the voice of a woman is Aurah on the basis of Nawazil and may Allah (SWT) reward you for your patience and grant you Firdausal-Aala (Ameen).

    However this contradicts Imam Ibn Humam (RA) in Fathul-Qadeer who states categorically on the basis of Nawazil (itself) that “melodious voice of a woman is AWRAH” and here is the text:

    صرح في النوازل بأن نغمة المرأة عورة ، وبنى عليه أن تعلمها القرآن من المرأة أحب إلي من الأعمى ، قال : لأن نغمتها عورة ، ولهذا قال عليه الصلاة والسلام { التسبيح للرجال والتصفيق للنساء } فلا يحسن أن يسمعها الرجل انتهى كلامه .

    Raddul-Muhtaar also says the same:

    قال ابن عابدين في حاشيته على الدر المختار وهو حنفي قوله: (وصوتها) معطوف على المستثنى يعني أنه ليس بعورة.

    I don’t have Nawazil to check the original statement so I am relying on Imam Ibn Humam (RA) quotation and also Imam Ibn Abideen (RA).

    Our dear and beloved Shaykh (Mufti) Shafi (RA) in Maariful-Qur’aan has also stated that the voice of woman is not Awrah:

    Jazakullah Khairun for your patience and requesting your duas.

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    Walaikumussalam w w

    I thing you’ve got the better of me.

    What I’ve always understood is that under normal circumstances as well, one should be as much careful as possible.

    Of course the sahabiyaat used talk to the Sahaba when necessary. However, their level of taqwa was much higher than what we can imagine.

    We are in the time of fitnah. Women are everywhere, on the tv, radio, Internet. Every attempt is made to use the woman with the most striking voice.

    In this situation we should take the qawl of the likes of qadhi thanaullah Saheb and advice people not keep away from gossiping with the opposite gender and especially when they start getting a buzz out of it.

    However, where there is no evil intention, there will be flexibility.

    Allah knows best.

  4. Muadh Khan

    Asslamo Allaikum Hazrat,

    As a younger person I did Aitekaaf in Darul-uloom Bury and you took the time to speak to me privately and gave me invaluable advise so I am indebted to your good Akhlaaq and your kindness so I cannot think of “getting the better of me” and may Allah (SWT) forgive me for even such thoughts.

    I now fully understand your position and your reasons and you are giving the Fatwa on the opinion of Imam Nasafi (RA) when he made the Tafseer of Surah Ahzaab by saying:

    ( فلا تخضعن بالقول ) أى إذا كلمتن الرجال من وراء الحجاب فلا تجئن بقولكن خاضعا أى ليناخنثا مثل كلام المربيات ( فيطمع ) بالنصب على جواب النهى ( الذي في قلبه مرض ) ريبة وفجور ( وقلن قولا معروفا ) حسنا مع كونه خشنا

    Jazakullah Khairun

  5. Muadh Khan

    I humbly request your duas and will Insha’Allah seek your forgiveness when I see you in person as I am indeed indebted to you and your kindness.

    Jazakullah Khairun

  6. Saifullah

    Assalamu ale kum…. While I was reading the question and answer between muadh khan and shaik Saab at the end of all I am so happy to see to 2 deferent ppl with such so much to learn from and they r so nice to each other in there speach and respect each others view point and still trying not to teach but learn, wow it’s only in this deen and umah of our beloved prophet Muhammad (sale wasallam).

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