Is a lady allowed to follow the imam in the haram shareef in Makkah? etc...

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Assalaamoualaikum wa rahmatulllahi wa barakaatuhu Is a lady allowed to follow the imam in the haram shareef in Makkah? If she performs the Salaat in the women section only! What must she do if she is performing tawaaf & Azaan begins , congregational salaat soon starts, she will normally have to interrupt the tawaaf of umrah for Salaat, then @ this stage where it is difficult for her to return to the hotel to perform Salaat and to return back for completion of the umrah, what is Mufti saheb advice?

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Wa alaikumus salaam warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh. In case a woman happen to attend salaat in haram shareef behind the imaam so her salaat will be valid. However, it is not recommended for women to attend salaat in masaajid. According to Rasoulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wassallam) the more the place is hidden the more her salaat will be better. So in Hajj or while being in Madinah Munawwarah it is recommended for her to observe her salaat at the hotel. In case where azaan and salaat start while she is doing tawaaf, she interrupts the tawaaf and go back to ladies section. Afterwards she may continue after the jamaat is over.