Did you know that old women don’t get to go to Muhammad’s bordello?
And to make things even more complicated, only ugly women are allowed to go to the mosque:
“It is offensive for an attractive or young woman to come to the mosque to pray (O: or for her husband to permit her), though not offensive for women who are not young or attractive when this is unlikely to cause temptation.” –Â ‘Umdat al-SalikÂ (Reliance of the Traveller) F12.4
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Hasan radiallaahu ‘anhu said: That a certain old woman came to the Prophet and requested him to pray to Allaah to make her enter paradise. The Prophet said, ‘O mother of so and so! No old woman shall enter into paradise’. The narrator says that on hearing this the old woman went back weeping. The Prophet said to the people around him to go and tell the old woman that she would not enter into paradise as an old woman. (Tirmidhi) Then he recited the verse:
“Verily we! We have created those (maidens) by a creation and have made them virgins, loving, of equal age” Qur’aan 56: 35-37 Â (More here)
The mind reels. Who determines whether a woman is old or unattractive enough for it not to be offensive for her to go to mosque? Is this the opinion of the husband, father, and male relatives alone? And what if they decide that a particular Muslima is sufficiently ugly to attend prayers in the mosque, but men at the mosque differ, and believe her to be so attractive that they take offense and contend that she should have stayed home? Does internecine warfare ensue?
Oh, the glories and complexities of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance!