Can women be prevented from going to the Masjid?

Question asked to Imaam Muqbil (may Allaah have mercy upon him)

Q.  Is it permissible for the woman to go to the masjid for the purpose of learning the religion and beneficial knowledge without the permission of her guardian?

A. It is obligatory upon him to allow her (to go to the masjid). The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Do not prevent the female slaves of Allaah from the Masaajid of Allaah”
(Bukhaari and Muslim)
This narration is agreed upon on the authority of Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both).  He should not prevent her except in the case where he fears that she will mix with the men and be put to trial by way of them or she will put them to trial. The repelling of the harm and the preservation of the safety of the heart takes precedence over that (i.e. her going to the Masjid).
Source:  Fataawa Al-Mar’ah lil-Imaam Al-Waadi’ee  pg. 70 Fatwaa #37

Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah
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