Women pray on the mezzanine with a glass balcony in the mosque at the national headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, IN. Photos submitted by Deanna Othman
Last week we visited the Memphis Islamic Center, in Cordoba TN, where my husband participated in the Beacons of Light Program. Male and female congregants are separated by a velvet rope which can adjust to crowd size. Men and women could enter the masjid through the same door. There were three entrances to the prayer hall.
The prayer hall was open, so my daughter decided to join the panel with her father. The day’s topic was “Raising Young Muslim Men.” Even the young sisters have important contributions to this topic.
This is a view of the women’s section, which has an adjustable symbolic barrier.
The prayer hall is a long room, but it looks like they made many accommodations for worshippers to see the imam.
You could see the mihrab from the women’s section. We had an enjoyable time at MIC. They even have programs for stay at home moms to have a day out. I felt like MIC was a family friendly, women friendly environment. I haven’t felt that way in a long time, at least not where I live. Photos submitted by Margari Hill
Sofia Ahmed, on the North Manchester Jamia Mosque in Manchester, England
"The ‘discreet’ entrance and inside of the women’s section of the King Abdullah masjid in Amman. 1/8 the size of the men’s, but contains the same things. Much better than the closet that is the girl’s section at the oldest mosque in Amman, the Al Husseini masjid." These photos were submitted by Elena Porcelli in Amman, Jordan.
"Last week, I happened to click on the link that took me the online version of the Islamic Horizons magazine. I was flicking through the pages (p. 51 & 52) when I saw a spread with photos of some rather dilapidated walls and run-down stairwells etc. I thought to myself, ‘Oh good, Islamic Horizons has done an article about Muslims in prison.’ Then I looked a little closer and realized my mistake. I’m not sure if I should blame my new bi-focal contact lenses or the ummah.” - Shereen Hussain
"This is the tiny women’s prayer area/corner in a large beautiful mosque. I guess its better than the usual tiled basement closet… at least there’s carpet right?" Photo submitted by Mustafa Davis, copyright Mustafa Davis Photography
Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda and Br. AbdelRahman Murphy discuss their reactions when they encounter a mosque with strict gender segregation and offer advice for how conservative communities can begin to accept women in mosques.
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