Thanks for your replies.
but let's imagine that Fatima and zainab were present today, living in the west, in 2012 .. Would they support female speaking in public ? of course they would !
I don't think so sister. Let's not forget that Sitna Fatimah
and Sitna Zainab
DID speak, but only in the most extreme circumstances. Among the pious and religious scholarly families of our time, once again it is only in the most urgent circumstances that women have spoken, such as the martyr Amina bint al huda. Otherwise you will find no instances of women, despite their high level of islamic studies, speaking in mixed crowds.
If anything, it appears to be a Western phenomenon.
What do you think the hijab is for? If everything was 100% segregated and men and women could never see or interact with each other, the hijab would be irrelevant.
The hijab is for situations where it becomes necessary, which is pretty much whenever a woman leaves her house. Regardless of the hijab, our religion strongly restricts interactions between the genders.
In religious societies, even when people visit one another the men and women sit in different rooms. Among muslimeen in the West, this seems to have become rare.
I think it's great for women speakers to address mixed crowds because there are topics that men don't seem to understand or present well.
I'm strongly in favour of women addressing female gatherings. I'm not too sure which topics you might be referring to that men would be incapable of presenting to other men.
Edited by Follower, 16 August 2012 - 04:53 AM.