The Ruling on a Female Principal – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad

Question: The Hadith:

لَنْ يُفْلِحَ قَوْمٌ وَلَّوْا أَمْرَهُمْ اِمْرَأَةً

A people who make a woman their ruler will never be successful.

[Reported by al-Bukhari no. 7099]

Does this apply to a female principal of a school?

Answer: “a female principal for a girls school, this is something necessary. It is necessary that one of them is put in charge. That is appropriate. It is not allowed to say that, it is not allowed for a man to be in charge of them. Verily a woman should be put in charge of them. A man should be in charge of the men and a woman should be in charge of the woman in the schools. A woman should be responsible for the girls and a man should be responsible for the men”.

[Sharh Sunan Ibn Majah no. 187]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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