Side Entrance

In addition to beautiful architecture, the Qatar State Mosque also boasts an indoor courtyard.

This set of photos are of the men’s prayer space at the Qatar State Mosque in Doha, where the genders are separated. They enter through separate doors and pray on different floors. Men can see only the filigree decorations of the mezzanine level where women pray.

Women pray on the upper level at the Qatar State Mosque in Doha, in 3 lavish prayer spaces. Western visitors are asked to don abayas and scarves when they are visiting the mosque.

Women who visit the Qatar State Mosque in Doha enter through a stunning side door, pray on the upper level of the mosque, which has rooms for Quran memorization and a lobby for resting. They wash for prayers in a luxurious bathroom/wudu area.

"The cool thing is the malls in London (UK) have "the quiet room" aka a prayer room. The downside is they still managed to create a "side entrance" (see the chairs and rug to make the sisters space)." Photos submitted by Professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

"The women section of the Pakistani Islamic Center in Rotterdam is currently occupied by the men. They mentioned that when they are in smaller settings they use this area! You know Pakistani women hardly go to mosque in The Netherlands except for Minhaj-ul-Quran [mosques].” Photo submitted by Ferukh Ahmed from Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"The women section of the Pakistani Islamic Center in Rotterdam is currently occupied by the men. They mentioned that when they are in smaller settings they use this area! You know Pakistani women hardly go to mosque in The Netherlands except for Minhaj-ul-Quran [mosques].” Photo submitted by Ferukh Ahmed from Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Sister Rania has lived in Medellín, Colombia for eight years.
Her parents are of Egyptian Heritage.

We recorded this video inside the Sister’s room in the only Masjid in Medellín, Colombia.

Here’s what the Sister’s room looks like… without sisters:

As you may see along the left of the photo, Sisters share the same entrance as the Brothers, as there is only the single front door. No one seems to mind.

Alhumdulillah.

That’s something North American Masjids could learn from this nascent Latin American Muslim Community.

Originally Posted on 30Masjids.ca By HiMY SYeD

[Visiting mosques can be] so disappointing. Reminds me of the Hassan II mosque in Morocco, where I was allowed to tour the main area as a Western tourist, but had to be relegated to the clandestine women’s area once they discovered I was Muslim.
Ghada Osman, USA
I think it’s all relative. If you go to a mosque in Egypt for a regular prayer there are separate entrances, very small cramped hot spaces, and not as clean as the mosques in Turkey. I remember feeling wow’ed and inspired by the women’s section of the turkey’s mosques when we visited while living in Egypt. But coming from our progressive values and practices here in LA, it would seem less inclusive for sure.
Rena Sassi, Los Angeles, CA