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Kerala mosque breaks 1,000-year-old tradition, opens its doors to women

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السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

Kerala mosque breaks 1,000-year-old tradition, opens its doors to women

Image:The 1,000-year-oldJuma Masjid is a mosque situated at Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala, in Kottayam town.

For the first time in its history, the 1,000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangady in Kottayam, Kerala famous for its rich architecture and wood carvings, has thrown open its doors for Muslim women.

Women were allowed to enter the mosque on Sunday to take a look at its famed architecture.

Thousands of Muslim women, including tourists, flocked to the mosque from various parts of Kerala and abroad. The move comes at a time when the demand for permitting women at places of worship is gaining ground.

“This is a 1000-year-old mosque. Our women had not seen it so far and had a great desire to visit the holy place. So the mosque committee decided to allow women to visit it on April 24 and May 8,” Advocate Nawab Mulladom, president of the mosque committee said.

The mosque was not opened for “any celebrations or for offering prayers. It was only to allow women to see the place”, he said, adding the men were asked to leave the mosque before the women were allowed in.

Muslim women wore their traditional attire during the visit.

Fathima, one of the lucky ones to enter the holy place, said, “Standing before many historical mosques, I had always wanted to enter and offer worship. But I was afraid of even expressing that desire. I am happy that such an opportunity has come now”.

The Juma Masjid is a mosque situated at Thazhathangady, one of the Heritage Zones of Kerala, in Kottayam town.

Situated on the banks of the Meenachil river, the mosque is famous for its rich architecture, wood carvings and beauty.

The mosque, considered the oldest in India, is also known as the ‘Taj Juma Masjid’.

It has a square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof, a traditional bathing area and lovely latticed windows, making it resemble a king’s palace.

Article source   http://www.rediff.com/news/report/kerala-mosque-breaks-1000-year-old-tradition-opens-its-doors-to-women/20160425.htm

Women allowed in Masjid

Proof from Sahih Hadith that Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam
permitted women to be part of the Jamaath during Salaah

Narrated by Anas bin Malik and

Abdullah bin Abi Qatada
Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam said,

“I stand up for Salaah intending to prolong it.
In the meantime, I hear the wailing of a baby
and I have to shorten my prayer, being apprehensive
lest my recitation of a long verse may tell upon the baby’s mother.”

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Numbers 675, 676, 677, 678

Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam said:
“The best rows for women are the last ones and the worst are the front ones.”  Sahih Muslim
Women have been encouraged by the Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam to pray at home, making it more convenient for them to harvest multifold reward while managing their homes and families.  However, they are allowed to come to the Masjid and should not be hindered if they desire to do so and are properly veiled.

It is better but not necessary for Masjids to have separate areas for women, so that there is no mixing of men and women anywhere.

If the women must be in the same hall as the men, they are required to form their rows (Saff) behind the men and as far away from them as possible.

While greater reward for men is in the leading of Salaah.

When Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam had permitted women to be part of the Jamaath, then why do we, current day Muslims, prevent our women from entering our Masjids ?

Are we not going against the Sunnah of Rasul Allah Sallallaahu Alaihiwa Sallam ?

Let us reflect on this.
في امان الله

Your brother in Islam,
A Shabbir Ahmed

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