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DELHI DIARY: Are women not allowed to pray in mosques?

As debate rages in India about allowing women entry to temples, a few TV channels started conducting talks on women being allowed entry to mosques. But the question is, do men stop women from visiting mosques? No.

women in a mosqueIt was on Saturday when a woman was found offering prayer in a mosque at ITO. This would certainly be a scene for TV channels and panelists who have been shouting their lungs out about women entry into mosques. When asked whether women were allowed in the mosque to offer prayer, Qari Naushad Adil of Jamaat-E-Ulema Hind said: “Yes, women are allowed to offer prayer in the mosque. In this case she has come with her father or may be husband.”

As the woman was offering her prayer, others too were busy offering maghrib prayer.

Islamic scholar are of the opinion that women’ entry to mosque is not barred. “Do not prevent the female servants of Allah from going to the mosque of Allah” (Sahih Muslim Vol.1 Chapter 177 Hadith No.886)

Besides, women are regular at mosques in a mosque located in Dawat Nagar. Every Friday the management makes arrangement for women devotees in the mosque. Interestingly, every Friday a modest number of women turn up in this mosque in Abul Fazal Enclave to offer prayer. The facility for women is open throughout the day.

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