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Question: There is no mosque for women here in my area..i want to perform itikaf can i perform in my home?

I  have answered this question in detail elsewhere; let me cite it here:

"Women are allowed to perform I’tikaf in the mosque, especially in the last ten days/nights of Ramadan.

Islam does not discriminate against women; all of the divine ordinances apply to both males and females – unless explicitly stated otherwise. As for I’tikaf, not only there is nothing forbidding women from sitting in I’tikaf; on the contrary, we have precedents for it in the traditions and the precedents of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

We can safely infer from these that I’tikaf is a Sunnah, for both men and women. Accordingly, the Prophet’s wives and mothers of faithful used to perform I’tikaf with him during his life, and they continued the practice after his death. Aishah, the beloved wife of the Prophet, peace be upon him, states: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to perform I’tikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah called him to Himself. His wives continued the practice after him.” (Reported  by Bukhari and Muslim).

As eminent scholars have said, the evidence is clear proof that I’tikaf is a Sunnah applicable to both men and women.

 Having said this, I would like to hasten to state: Even though it is permissible for women to do i`tikaf in the mosque — provided they have special arrangements for them to do so. Most of the mosques in the city [Toronto], however, do not have adequate facilities for women. Sadly enough, we find women often being relegated to a dark room or crowded corner, which is indeed a disgrace to womanhood. It is undoubtedly against the teachings of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), as he always ordered us to treat them with respect and dignity.

 So until proper arrangements are in place for women to observe the Sunnah of i`tikaf in the mosque, it would be preferable that they do it in their own homes. For as scholars and jurists such as Imam Abu Hanifah have ruled, women may perform the Sunnah of i`tikaf in their Musalla (Prayer place) at home.

 Women, however, need not despair; they may do well to recall an important point raised by Imam Shah Waliullah in his study of the philosophy of Shari`ah. He says that one of the underlying principles of the Shari`ah is compensation which allows a person who cannot do a specific act of worship to reap the same rewards by doing what he/she can do according to his/her circumstances or means.

Shari'a is all based on the infinite mercy of Allah, Who dispenses His graces freely to all of His servants.

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