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Yasir Qadhi: Best Place for Women is in the Mosque

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Blog, Women | 1 comment

When our sisters are deprived from the right to come to the mosques, or given sub-standard accommodations and treated disrespectfully, it is only natural that some of them will take matters into their own hands and counter-react. Some of that counter-reaction will be legitimate, and some illegitimate. Rather than worry about what various counter-reactions have been and how legal they are, I believe we need to concentrate on the root cause of the problem. It is an undeniable reality that women’s prayer spaces (in those masjids that actually have them – for quite a few masjids still don’t even have such spaces) are less accessible, less clean, and less maintained than the men’s sections. Women have to deal with crying children, bad microphones, no visual access to the Imam/khatib, dank hallways to get in and out, and many other...

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Thoughts on the Women’s Mosque of America by Furhan Zubairi

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

On Friday, January 30th the Women’s Mosque of America will be offering its first woman led Friday prayer exclusively for women and children in Los Angeles. This event will definitely attract a lot of attention from both within the Muslim community and outside of it. Within the Muslim community it has become the topic of number of discussions and debates because of its unprecedented nature. Outside the Muslim community any story with the words Islam and women automatically becomes headline fodder. The purpose of this article isn’t to question or critique the sincerity, intentions and objectives behind the all-female Friday prayer; this is not an attack. Rather, the purpose is to explore the legal basis for having such an event and to suggest other ways of achieving the same outcome. Permissibility of Women Imams in Women-Only Congregations There’s a...

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Women and the Masjid by Atiya Aftab

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

Atiya Aftab, Esq. is a member of ISNA’s Masjid Development Committee and an attorney. She is a long time member of her masjid board in NJ. In Islam women and men are spiritual equals. The Quran requires that both men and women to enjoin good and forbid the evil. In terms of the masjid, we know that Allah Almighty’s favorite places on earth are houses of prayer. We need to establish masjids that welcome everyone and represent Islam and Muslims in America. The survival of Muslims in predicated on the masjid. Allah Almighty in chapter 62 of the Quran (Surah Jumuah) requires the believers – men and women to establish the day of congregation –meaning the jumuah prayer (Friday prayer). “Believers! When the call to pray is made on the day of congregation, hurry towards the reminder of God...

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Fatwa Recommending Women to Attend the Masjid by Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Blog, Women | 1 comment

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, senior lecturer and Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto Question: Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Are women allowed to pray the Friday Prayer? If not, please provide evidence from the Qur’an. I am a new Muslimah and people are telling me that women are not allowed to go to Friday Prayer. I need a reference from the Qur’an if this is true. Jazakum Allahu khayran. Wa`alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear sister in Islam, thanks a lot for your question, which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to knowledgeable people to become well acquainted with the teachings...

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Women-Friendly Mosques Gain Momentum

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Blog, Women | 0 comments

From OnIslam & Newspapers Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00 ISTANBUL— Catering to the needs of Muslim women, a growing number of mosques across the globe are going “female-friendly” by offering more space for women and seeking their involvement in worship places. “We began questioning why we are not catering to women’s needs and not creating architecture to meet the needs of men and women,” Fiyaz Mughal, the founder and director of the UK-based non-profit organization Faith Matters, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday, November 16. “Now, that change has been taking place over the last 10 years and is really starting to show itself today.” Mughal echoed the requests of millions of Muslim women who have been calling for more accessibility to mosques. Hatice Eser, a 21-year-old, Turkish student shared a similar request. “I spend most of my free time...

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Fatwa: Barrier Separating Men and Women Not Recommended by Dr. Muzammil Siddqi

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog, Women | 27 comments

Question: As-Salamu aaykum. We have a big controversy going on in our Masjid. Some brothers want to build a wall in the prayer hall musalla to separate men from women. Is that required in Islam? What are the basic rules of Shariah on this matter? Response by Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Both men and women are allowed to pray in the Mosque in the same Jama`ah (congregational prayer). When men and women are together in the Masjid then we should have first men’s lines behind the Imam, then children and then women. This is the way Muslims used to pray behind the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He did not make or ask...

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