Hadith on Prayer: Does a woman invalidate a man’s prayer?

Aisha reported: That which invalidates prayer was mentioned in her presence and they said, “Prayer is invalidated by a dog, a donkey, and a woman.” Aisha said, “You have turned us into dogs! I have seen the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, praying while I was between him and the direction of prayer, lying on the bed. If I needed something, I would not like to face him directly while he prayed, so I would slip away quietly.”

In another narration, Aisha said, “When the Prophet wanted to prostrate, he would nudge me my legs and I would pull them back.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 489, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 512

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّهُ ذُكِرَ عِنْدَهَا مَا يَقْطَعُ الصَّلَاةَ فَقَالُوا يَقْطَعُهَا الْكَلْبُ وَالْحِمَارُ وَالْمَرْأَةُ قَالَتْ لَقَدْ جَعَلْتُمُونَا كِلَابًا لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصَلِّي وَإِنِّي لَبَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ الْقِبْلَةِ وَأَنَا مُضْطَجِعَةٌ عَلَى السَّرِيرِ فَتَكُونُ لِي الْحَاجَةُ فَأَكْرَهُ أَنْ أَسْتَقْبِلَهُ فَأَنْسَلُّ انْسِلَالًا

وفي رواية أخرى قَالَتْ فَإِذَا أَرَادَ أَنْ يَسْجُدَ غَمَزَ رِجْلَيَّ فَقَبَضْتُهُمَا

489 صحيح البخاري كتاب الصلاة أبواب سترة المصلي باب استقبال الرجل صاحبه أو غيره في صلاته وهو يصلي

512 صحيح مسلم كتاب الصلاة باب الاعتراض بين يدي المصلي