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Over 500 Signatures on “Inclusion of Women in Masjids” Statement, Representing 250 Masjids

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

Since the “Statement on the Inclusion of Women in Masjids” was launched at ISNA’s 51st Convention, 349 people have signed the online “Statement” and another 180 have signed the “Statement” at the Convention and at the Masjid Forum.  These signatures represent 260 masjids.  What’s the next step?  How do we move the agenda? Let’s look at our masjid and ask, how well are we living up to the Statement: (1) do you have women serving on the masjid board, executive committee and other leadership positions; (2) can women sit in the main musalla for regular salah, Jum’ah Prayer and lectures; (3) is the women’s area adequate and pleasing; (4) is there programming for women.  If your masjid has not yet met these standards, then the issue must be put in front of the community. Other ways to push agenda:...

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Women and the Masjid: Between Two Extremes by Dr. Louay Safi

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

(From IslamiCity) The masjid, better known in North America as the Islamic center, is the center of spiritual, social, educational, and, most recently, political activities of the American Muslim community. The masjid is also the place where Muslims of diverse cultural and ideological backgrounds meet and interact. The diversity of interpretations of Islamic sources and practices has created tensions, particularly in Islamic centers where the tendency is to impose strict interpretations about the appropriate place and role of Muslim women in the masjid and the community. An increasing number of young Muslim women complain of restrictive arrangements and practices, impeding their ability to fully participate in educational and social programs. Many masjids today restrict the main prayer hall to men, and assign women to secluded quarters. Women are asking out laud: is this the place Islam assigns for us,...

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Kids – The Masjid Menace  by  Shuiab Haneif 

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

“Be QUIET!! People are praying. Go outside NOW!!” Imagine these words coming from a towering 6 foot, 230 pound man with angry, bulging eyes, yelling at a 5 year old girl. The girl’s offence–being a kid at the masjid. Sadly, you don’t have to imagine this; it actually happened. When I asked the man why he was yelling at the kid, he complained that this kid was disturbing others while they were praying (ironically, that girl was not the guilty one; she just happened to be there at the wrong place, wrong time. The trouble maker had already run off). The angry man’s khushoo was destroyed, he claims. How about we ban all kids entirely from the masjid? If you feel the need for the masjid to be a part of kid’s life, please, bring them in a straight...

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A Letter to an Imam By Shazia Javed

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized, Women | 0 comments

Respected Imam, Assalamalaikum and Ramadan Mubarak. Firstly, I want to thank you for taking on the difficult task of leading the community in prayers. It must take a lot of constancy and devotion to be there, rain or shine, five times everyday and, in Ramadan, for Taraweeh as well. Though some of us may be lazy and choose to pray at home when days are too long and nights short; or some of us may, in our weakness, not pray five times every day, you are there MashAllah day after day leading by example. May you get best of rewards for this. Though I am not a regular at the mosque, I do make an effort during the month of Ramadan to be present either for Maghrib prayers or Isha and Taraweeh. Though I never went to the mosque...

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New generation of Muslim-American women inspire change in mosques

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

by The Stream Team@ajamstream As stories of gender exclusion in mosques emerge, some young Muslims have begun to call their places of worship into question to encourage reform. According to a 2013 Hartford Institute study, 63 percent of mosques scored “fair” or “poor” on a ‘women-friendly’ scale. Hind Makki, a Chicago-based blogger, was inspired to take a stand after she began to notice that Muslim women were being pushed out of sanctuaries in her community. She started a blog called Side Entrance, which serves as an open forum for Muslims to show the perspective and experiences of women and their prayer spaces in mosques. The description for the blog reads: “We show the beautiful, the adequate and the pathetic.” In an interview with The Stream, Makki recalled a friend’s experience praying in the basement of a mosque during Ramadan....

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Mosques Relegate Women’s Prayers to the Basement by Hajer Naili

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

A social media project launched last year asks Muslims to compare the space their mosques offer women and men. Its founder says that every mosque she’s visited in the United States, Canada and Europe has a side or back entrance for women NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–When Matea converted to Islam in December 2013 she looked forward to joining the life of her local mosques here. Today Matea, like many Muslim women, is disillusioned. “When I first converted I wanted to be part of the mosque environment. But I went to mosques and what I found was sort of an unwelcome environment for women,” she told Women’s eNews during a discussion organized last week by Women in Islam, a New York-based organization working to empower Muslim women through knowledge and practice of Islam. Matea didn’t want her full name published. “The...

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