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siana, ontario - wrote on 8/17/2005 10:04:48 PM
Comment:i have been to a number of mosques in my area, there is one in Brampton, ON where there is no seperation, there is one huge room, where the women just simply sit towards the back. it has such a wonderful family atmosphere, the little kids will sit with their dads or moms, maybe switch partway through, they do not feel cramped or irritated. the men don't act inappropriatly by watching the women or anything, it is all very respectful. at the end of prayer, a husband or two may walk towards the front of where the women are, and let his wife or daughter know where he will be outside, waiting for them. no one is uncomfortable. it is such a healthy atmosphere, for the whole family. you feel like a human being. people might be afrai of what taking down a few bedsheets will do, it won't do anything but create a tighter, healthier, more fulfilling experience at the mosque for everyone.
Murad Omar, Vancouver - wrote on 8/5/2005 5:49:25 AM
Comment:Excellent analysis! This is truly important both for correct observation of valuable traditions and da'wa. Thank you.
Humairah Irfan, Toronto - wrote on 4/11/2005 5:14:57 PM
Comment:Subhanallah, br Mujahid, you truly outdid yourself this time with this article! Inshallah, can't wait to attend the next Thinking Retreat when you are present in Toronto
manjur mustafa, michigan - wrote on 4/9/2005 11:14:07 PM
Comment:Salaam Walaikum , very good topic. very good information unfortunately majority of muslims donot practice this way they bring their customs culture and painting to the world as islamic culture . This topic should be discussed in all masjids all over the world and to remain themselves and other fellow muslims about status of women in Islam
Zainab Imam, Plymouth, U.K. - wrote on 3/22/2005 5:54:25 PM
Comment:Thank you brother for addressing this issue,its exactly the same problem here in U.K. I have not bothered to go for Jumuah since there is practically no space for women, when I went to the mosque during Eid, we , on the women's side made a lot of mistakes because we couldn't see the Imam. It was an humiliating experience.
Ibn Abdul Ghani, Canada - wrote on 3/22/2005 12:41:24 AM
Comment:Assalamu 'Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
Jazak Allahu Khayr brother for the comprehensive article detailing what is unfortunately an oft-neglected issue. Insha'Allah the brothers and sisters of the North American Muslim community will be able to benefit greatly from your detailed work.
Wa Allahu 'Alam
muqitah, Detroit - wrote on 3/18/2005 2:24:03 PM
Comment:Personally speaking this issue has been with us for 4 decades; numerous discussions, debates and suggestions have resulted in many attempts at partial solutions. Alhamdulillah!, at present in our area we have several major masajid with completely compliant women's areas. The "curtain" that some families/communities require for women to be allowed/ welcomed to the mosque was often a hold-up to agreement on structuring the desiqnated space. Solutions have included rattan walls and room dividers, as well as loft or balcony constructions. Since many of these were done with great attention to beauty and the comfort of the attendees + children, it is clear that there was input by women. Finally our "hijab" is once again, our responsiblity and the 'curtain" of exclusion is lifted. Let's not slip backward- again!
faiza alvi, baltimore - wrote on 3/18/2005 12:12:31 PM
Comment:Finally , a man spoke up. Men are the Qawwam of women. Qawwam comes from Qaama which means to stand and Qawwam is one who makes something/someone stand. Men are the ones responsible to make sure the women are given their place in society. By no means am I shying away from taking responsibility for fighting our own battle but my 10 years of experience has taught me that in the present condition what one man says is equal to what even a practicing woman says 100 times as far as effectiveness. Even though she may be quoting the same hadith and qur'an or even better.
I always say that the brothers who believe in this and do not say anything to correct the situation, will be asked by Allah on the day of Judgement why they left it to the women and why they did not speak up.
JazakaAllah khair brother, you are doing your job.
Naeem, Charlotte - wrote on 3/18/2005 8:23:57 AM
Comment:Not so fast, I have been in the middle of a discussion on this topic with the same situation in my Masjid. Women were praying in the main hall, using last rows, with the curtain in between men and women. There is a seperate room designated for women to pray in too. One fine morning a Mufti was brought in from Pakistan, who is advisor to Pakistani government on Islamic Juresprudense, he started instigating the people to kick the women out of the main prayer hall. He even said that take the curtain off and the women will be out of here. So the Shura of the mosque removed the curtains and put the a notice that the women must pray in the separate room designated for women to pray in.A couple of Ulema and Imams of Mosques in the area say that Ulema's from Fiqa a Hanafia do not allow the women in the mosques. Now whom do I listen to? My study of Islam and my evaluation of material on this subject says that yes women are part and parcel of Mulslim Ummah and should be encouraged instead of being discouraged, but what about these cultural imprints on the Islam of majority of Ulemas and people of the Eastern background ? Irony is this that initialy the women were praying in the main hall and there was no curtain but some women put up those curtains themselves.
Is there any penacea for this too?
Karimah, Ohio - wrote on 3/18/2005 1:24:28 AM
Comment:Thank you for your courageous stand. I think that if the fathers take a more consistent responsibility of leading the prayers at home with their children, the children will naturally have more respect for the prayers. Children learn by repetition and example.
A nursery for the smallest ones is an excellent idea. This would be a big encouragement to busy mothers to bring their older children to the prayers and take turns watching the little ones.
To the woman from Seattle who was enduring poor conditions, try praying at the Islamic School of Seattle. They allow community members and it is set up with men at front of the gymnasium, student rows in the middle, women at the back...not cramped at all.
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