Monday, February 28, 2011

The Women who are dressed but naked

Translated exclusively for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah

Question posed to Shaykh Muqbil bin Haadi (may Allaah have mercy upon him)

Q. With regards to the narration "The women who are dressed but naked", is it a must that all of the characteristics mentioned therein be present along with intending the action (in order for her to receive the punishment that's mentioned)?

A. She's sinful (for not being covered properly). However the great threat (of punishment) does not include her.

"They will not enter into paradise nor smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be smelled from such and such a distance." (1)

If she is a monotheist then she is under the will of Allaah. If He wills He will forgive her. Just as He has mentioned:

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَغۡفِرُ أَن يُشۡرَكَ بِهِۦ وَيَغۡفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٲلِكَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ‌ۚ

"Indeed Allaah does not forgive that partners are associated with Him, but He forgives that which is besides that for whomsoever He wills"
(Soorah An-Nisaa: 48)

Also if Allaah wills He will punish her according to the degree of her sin, then her final abode will be paradise. So the meaning of the narration would be (in relation to the Muslim women who are punished for the sin mentioned in the narration) is that they will not enter into paradise at first, rather they will enter after being punished for their sin.
Taken from Fataawaa al-Mar-atu al-Muslimah Maktabah San'aa Al-Athariyyah pg. 334 Question # 373.
1. Saheeh Muslim # 2128 (5633). The wording is:

 "There are two types of people from the people of the hell-fire whom I've never seen before. A people who had whips like the tails of cows beating the people with them. Women who are dressed but naked. Those who sway and cause others to sway, whose heads are like the humps of camels. They will not enter into paradise nor smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be smelled from the distance of such such."

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