Can women ask men private questions in order to learn?
What is natural about this subject for women is to ask authoritative women the private questions, if it is not possible to ask these questions through their husbands or to ask relevant authorities via mails or e-mails. We find out about many questions that are directly related to both our personal and family life from the hadiths related by women sahabahs especially by the wives of the Prophet (PBUH).
Women sahabahs asked our Prophet (PBUH) many questions sometimes in person and sometimes through the wives of the Prophet (PBUH). Our Prophet (PBUH) answered their questions clearly.
It will be useful to mention something that happened during the time of the Prophet (PBUH). Once Hadrat Asma, the daughter of Hadrat Abu Bakr, came to the Prophet (PBUH) and asked him how to do ghusl (total ablution, bath). Our Prophet (PBUH) described her how to do it. Hadrat Aisha, who was there on that occasion, becomes pleased that her sister comes and asks the Prophet (PBUH) a question like that and says How good are the women of Ansar (helpers) that their shyness does not prevent them from learning religion. (Muslim, Haydh: 6l.)
When they asked Imam Azam How did you get this knowledge?, he said: "I wasnt stingy in telling others what I knew, I didnt feel shy or avoid asking others and learn." Today when private and sexual matters are talked about explicitly without taking any criterion into consideration and usually with the intention of exploitation and family life is degenerated with information given, it is important for both family and religious life of Muslims to give people the enlightening information of Islam about these subjects.
Shyness and bashfulness should not prevent us from learning the subjects like these.
- What kind of torture was inflicted upon Hz. Abu Bakr by the polytheists?
- How did the Prophet spend his twenty-four hours? What was his daily life like?
- How did the Prophet (pbuh) declare his prophethood and call his relatives to Islam in the first phase of his prophethood and how did his relatives react to this?
- What is the importance that Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) gave to education?
- "By Allah! If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and you would cry much; you would not taste the pleasures of your women in the beds, and you would go out beseeching Allah." Will you explain this hadith?
- How did our Prophet (pbuh) treat his wives?
- Some questions that can come to the mind about the miracle of Miraj (Ascension): Why is the great Ascension peculiar to Hz. Muhammad (pbuh)? A plane can go up to one or two kilometers with a lot of difficulties.
- Will the majority of women go to hell?
- Can I get information about the high ethics of Hz. Muhammad (PBUH)?
- How did Hz. Ali become a Muslim? How was the reaction of his family to this since he was a child?