What Is a Woman’s Religious Role?

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle


Can women call the azan? Can they be religious teachers and invite people to Islam?


Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Yes, women can and historically have taught Islam to others and invited others to Islam.

Please see:
Can Muslim Women Teach Mixed Classes
Do the Hadiths Say Women Can’t Be Leaders?
Women Teaching Men
Woman Scholars of Hadith
Al-Muhaddithat | The Female Scholars of Islam
Early Sufi Women

However, women cannot call the azan, and they shouldn’t recite the Qur’an aloud in the presence of men that are not immediate relatives.

Please see:
Fiqh of Adhan and Iqama When Praying Alone
Women’s Prayer: Praying in Congregation, Reciting Aloud, and Calling the Adhan and Iqama
How Should Women Pray in Congregation in the Shafi’i School?
Can a Woman Pray Loudly If She Is Alone?
Can a Man Lead Female Relatives in Prayer? (Shafi’i)

As for the story, I’m afraid I don’t know anything about it. I couldn’t find any stories that resemble it.

I pray this helps.
[Ustadh] Farid
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.