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Chapter 11 Manners of attending the masjid
22) The Manners of Attending the Masjid For Women
c) Praying Behind The Men Of The Congregation And Not Mixing With Them
The rows of the women in a masjid are behind the rows of men, and the further a woman is from men, the better it js for her. Abu Hurairah (radiya Allaahu 'anh) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said,
"The best of rows for men is the first one, and worst of them is the last one. The best of rows for the women is the last one, and the worst of them is the first one." 
When men are in close proximity to women, their minds might become distracted through temptation and desire, and they will not pray with concentration and a presence of mind and heart. And that is why the Shariah encourages men to be at a distance from women in the Masjid.
Even after he finished leading the people in prayer, the Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) made sure that men and women remained separated. When he finished his prayer, he would remain in the spot he prayed in for a short while, so as to allow the women to leave before the men, and to set out to their homes before the men reached them at the entrance of the Masjid.
Umm Salamah (radiya Allaahu 'anha), the wife of the Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) related that, "During the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), as soon as women would make Tasleem (say 'Assalaamu 'Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullah,' signaling the end of prayer) from a prescribed prayer, they would stand [to leave]; meanwhile, the Messenger of Allaah (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and those men who prayed with him would remain for a period that Allaah ('azza wa djall) willed (i.e., for a short while). Then when the Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) stood up [to leave], the men stood up [as well]. 
Today too, then, men should remain for a short while after the prayer, so as to allow women to leave; and women should not delay but should instead return quickly to their homes. But if the women's exit is at a distance from the exit of men (as in common in many of today's Masjids), and no mixing occurs by everyone leaving at once, then men may leave immediately and women may wait a while in their place of prayer. Since the reason behind the ruling in this issue - mixing between the sexes - is not present, the ruling no longer applies. And Allaah (Subhaanah) knows best.
Related issue: If the prayer-hall of women is seperate from the main prayer-hall for men, then the best of rows for women becomes the first row, and the worst of them becomes the last row. The reason why the Prophet (sall Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) stated the opposite is no longer applicable when men and women pray in different rooms; the front row, therefore, returns to its status superiority.
 Related by Muslim (440), Ahmad (7351), At-Tirmidhee (224), An-Nassaaee (820), Abu Daawood (678), Ibn Maajah (1000), and Ad-Daarimee (1268).
 Related by Bukhaaree (866), Ahmad (26001), An-Nassaaee (1333), Abu Daawood (1040), and ibn Maajah (932).
From The Book of Manners, compiled by: Fu'aad Ibn 'Abdul-'Azeez Ash-Shulboob
Translated by: Faisal Shafiq, Montréal, Canada. DARUSSALAM
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