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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! In Islam, men and women usually pray in separate areas. But while mosques are supposed to be for all of us, women’s spaces remain inadequate, cramped and loud. This is an issue that comes up every year around Ramadan, as we spend more time praying, yet no interventions are made or changes implemented.As religious spaces have reopened with limited capacity this year, many of my Muslim friends who have attempted to pray in mosques have been told there isn’t space for women but there is for men. Women make up half of the population, and half of the Islamic faith, and yet our spaces of prayer aren’t considered essential.A guide to today's talking points, straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Mosque spaces for men are huge – usually carpeted rooms facing towards the qibla (the direction of Mecca) with a perfect sound system so prayers can be heard around the large venue. Women, on the other hand, usually have something resembling a broom cupboard or they are told to pray at home. Children are also usually left with the women, so by the time the speaker system reaches us in the back, it’s barely audible over the kids’ screeching. The conversation around this inequality is often silenced. I’ve been told not to voice my views about the lack of space for women because it will make Muslim men look bad. We’re often told that our criticism within the community will be taken by Islamophobes to further demonise Muslim men. This isn’t a lie – it does happen – but it also means that the Muslim patriarchy continues to control the narrative and nothing changes.Research carried out by the Charities Commission found that only 15 percent of mosques had women in management and governance roles, yet 51 percent of mosques said that women attend Friday prayers. Increased female leadership in mosques will help – something I know the Muslim Council of Britain has been working on – but I think there also needs to be a standardisation of spaces in all mosques where an equal share is given to women.
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. Without measures like this, little will change. Even from a young age, girls aren’t a priority in mosques. Growing up, my brother got to read Quran in the local mosque while the rest of the girls were relegated to the Imam’s house. My teacher, the Imam’s wife, was phenomenal and worked hard to educate us girls but even then our place wasn’t in the mosque. The boys were valued more than us – they were able to enter the mosque each day and we were not. Somewhere along the way, mosques have become men’s clubs. There is no lack of religious leaders who are women in Islam, and when it comes to raising money for the mosque, redecorating them, contributing to their upkeep, or feeding those who attend the masjids, women play a vital role. Yet we don’t even get half a share of the benefit. Read More How Ramadan makes me respect and love my body During the pandemic, men and women prayed together at home, under one roof even if in different rooms. Moving forward we need to learn from this and create religious spaces for Muslim women without compromise. Our communities know how to come together in times of hardship: we know to check in on elderly neighbours, we cook for them, check if they need bits and bobs when we are going shopping. We need to extend this same sense of togetherness to Muslim women wanting to build the strength of sisterhood and faith in their local mosques.It’s not right to turn women away to make space for just men. We deserve space in mosques, we have every right to them.Mariam Khan is the editor of It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
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