Liberal Taj Hargey dares to challenge prohibitionist Islam

Taj Hargey, the chairman of the group sponsoring the event at the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (Meco), fully expects controversy. “This is going to be a major step forward in women’s rights,” he said in an interview at Wolfson College, Oxford, of which he is a member. “But it will provoke discontent from conservatives — from the Wahhabis and their fellow travellers. The literalists interpret certain Hadith, sayings of the Prophet, as meaning that women can’t lead a community. But for us, the golden rule of Islam is that whatever is not specifically prohibited is permitted.” >>>>>


7 Responses to Liberal Taj Hargey dares to challenge prohibitionist Islam

  1. agung says:

    assalamualaikum brother, u can open
    thats tell about development of Islam

  2. Hamza Isa says:

    i hope you are not suggesting it is okay for a woman to lead men in prayer….

  3. All i will say is Mr Hargey and Mrs Wadud you have sold your religion and created misguidance hope you are purified from this world ASAP

  4. 5-Pillar Scribe says:

    To Br. Hamza Isa: Assalaamu alaykum,

    No, I was placing the article out their for exposure. I didn’t comment on all articles. I guess I should have said something with reference to my position on this one. Therefore, I will copy and paste this message to the comments section of said article.

    Unfortunately, I am without sufficient knowledge to debate on all matters, and maybe even most. Insha-Allah, those who are of better knowledge feel free to use my blog for further educating the rest of us–Muslim and Non-Muslim.

    Thanks for causing me to put forth this message. Some of the articles on my site are there because many non-Muslim and Muslim Westerners would be able to relate to some of the challenges that even Muslims have within their own deen; and hopefully attract enough external substance to justly deal with the matter.

    I welcome you in bringing forth the necessary Islamic teaching that dictates how this is bida, regarding women leading men in prayer. I am confident to note that even in Christianity and Judaism, these rules pertaining to women still apply.

    It’s not a thing of whether it is anti-woman or male chauvanistic. It is merely God’s choice to call the rules and ours to follow. The moment we change what we know He has clearly stated otherwise, then we have placed ourselves in a position to challenge His wisdom, knowledge and laws. Therefore, I am clearly not suggesting that women are allowed to lead men in prayer.

    Thanks for your input, and Insha-Allah, welcome more in the future. Assalaamu alaykum.

  5. Hamza Isa says:


    i hope you are well. unfortunately, i dont have time to answer in detail so i had a quick scan of a few websites and found the following for your interest. i am also unable to debate much so i hope by providing the following statements and links we can all have a better understanding of this issue.

    Mufti Muhammad Ashraf says in his fatwa,

    Nabi (S.A.W.), while delivering a sermon, directly prohibited women from leading prayers, “Behold! No women should lead a man in prayer.” (Sunan-e-Ibne Majah)

    The Qur’an speaks, “And whatever the messenger assigns to you, you should accept, and whatever he forbids you from, you should refrain. And fear Allah, certainly Allah is severe in afflicting.” (Surah Al-Hashar, Verse 7)

    An Imam holds the position of a leader amongst the people. Women, however, have been banned from assuming the position of leadership, as emphasized by Rasoolullah (S.AW.), “How can a people lead by a woman, ever prosper.”

    The Jurists have unanimously agreed that women are not allowed to lead the prayers. (Raddul Muhtaar, Vol. 2, Page 280, Al-Mughni li Ibne Qudamah, Vol. 3, Page 19-32-33, Al-Muheetul Burhaani, Vol. 2, Page 185)

    and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

    here are two more rulings for you which have a more detailed response.



  6. 5-Pillar Scribe says:

    Hamza: Assalaamu alaykum,

    Thanks for the education. Insha-Allah, readers will gain from this.

  7. wood carved religious statuary…

    Thank you…

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