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

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

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:

(1)    Invite outside speakers to address the issue, including women and scholars.  Possible women speakers include Hind Makki, Aisha al-Adawiya, Dr. Sarah Sayeed, etc.  Possible scholars include Dr. Zainab Alwani, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Imam Omar Suleiman, etc.  You can email ihsanbagby@gmail.com to help arrange a speaker.

(2)    Arrange a khutbah to support the goals of the Statement.

(3)    Organize a panel of masjid members to discuss the issue.

(4)    Organize a town hall meeting to have an open discussion about the issues

We will be sending soon to all masjids a copy of the Statement for the masjid to formally sign onto the Statement.  We hope that you will work to have your masjid sign the Statement.

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