Sunday, June 25, 2006

As barrier comes down, a Muslim split remains

As barrier comes down, a Muslim split remains "The Islamic Society of San Francisco took the controversial step of tearing down the barrier separating male and female worshippers."

Read the full story at the link above. In many mosques there is a barrier between where men and women pray, or even a separate room (usually a much smaller room, sometimes in a balcony where it can be hot and stuffy). The women in this mosque wanted to hear the sermons better and be able to follow the prayer. Now there is a controvery about not having the barrier during prayer. The men say they don't want distractions during prayer. Well instead of putting the women behind a wall, maybe they should take responsiblity for how they act around women. It's not hard to be a gentleman and not stare at women when they are not seen or heard. Do they think women are going to be flirting with them or something? The women are fully clothed, plus covering at least their hair, if not their face.

Since the Saudi's began having oil money to build or support mosques in the US, the mosques are more and more segregated, since this is what they insist on if it's their money funding it or supporting it. Women don't have much of a say in the Muslim community, the men are in charge of pretty much everything. Women need to have a voice, they should not just be not seen and not heard.

A.

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Blogger Safiyyah said...

Hello Anisah:

It is my understanding that there were no barriers between men and women in the Prophet's (saw) day. The women prayed behind the men. No barrier, no different floors, etc. I know some masjids that have different buildings for men and women.

When I was Jewish, women were also segregated from the men (I am now Muslim).

The problem is that the women usually have small, cramped spaces in masjids. All the women and children in a very little space. Some masjids have no women's space!

Maybe you read the article about the Saudis attempting to take away the women's space in the Grand Mosque. There was such an uproar that it ended up not happening.

Many Muslims write/speak about this problem in our masjids.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

November 25, 2007 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger A. said...

Thanks for your comment Safiyyah!

Yes women seem to always get the raw end of the deal in the mosques. I hated feeling like I was a second-class citizen. When I lived in Jordan, the women rarely went to the mosques.

Anisah

November 26, 2007 at 6:56 AM  

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