What Is The Ruling Regarding The Rows Of The Women?
Is The Worst Of The Rows The First and The Best The Last In All Circumstances, or Is This In The Case When There Is No Screen Between The Men And The Women?
Al-Imaam Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) responded to this question:
"That which is intended is when the men and women are in one place. In this case, the last rows for the women are better than the first rows. Just as the Prophet (sallaahu alayhi wa sallam) stated:
"The best rows of the women is the last of them and the worst of them are the first of them."
This was the case only because the last of the rows were the farthest away from the men and the first of them were the closest to the men. As for the case where the women have their own area, as we have today in most of the Masaajid, indeed the best of the rows of the women are the first of them similar to the men."
Taken from Fataawaa Al-Mar-ah Al-Muslimah pg. 235
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