Question and Answer:
Q. While growing up I attended a Madrassah in Durban and was taught that when a female reads Salaah, in the position of sajdah her elbows need to be on the floor. Recently I was informed that this was wrong and that a females elbows need to be high when she is in sajdah position.
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A. The Salaah of a female is different from the Salaah of a male in the sense that her movements should be as least revealing as possible. This is why in Ruku she will only bend slightly and in Sujood, she will lower her body to the ground including her elbows. In the Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised the females of this and therefore, the correct procedure for a female is to lower her elbows to the ground. (Bayhaqi, Hadith #: 3201, narrated by Yazid bin Abi Habib)
Males are instructed to keep their elbows off the ground and there is a Hadith that condemns men from lowering their elbows to the ground. (Abu Dawood, Hadith #: 897)
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed