Mosque ‘prohibited women while keeping doors available to guys throughout Ramadan’

A mosque has become involved in a sexism row after it prohibited female worshippers throughout Ramadan, but continued to stay open for men.

Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre in Slough, Berkshire, claimed it closed its ladies’s prayer location on Tuesday to abide by the federal government’s 220 person capability limitations.

Nevertheless the mosque declined to say why the guys’s area was enabled to remain open and operational.

Throughout mosque prayers male and female Muslims remain separated praying in designated spaces.

It’s thought that the mosque took the choice to only enable males in for Tarawih prayer – a special sort of prayer carried out throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

However furious locals have blasted the decision, declaring it comes from a ‘state of mind that tells males they can decide whether women can go and hope in a mosque’.

Activist and worshipper Julie Siddiqi MBE told her Facebook fans that the concern ‘goes method beyond covid and Ramadan’

Activist and worshipper Julie Siddiqi MBE stated: ‘What can I state, I’m mad, I’m upset. I feel let down and I actually feel I need to discuss this openly.’

The 49-year-old – who was awarded an MBE for her inter-faith work – described her belief that the choice was sexist in a video posted to Facebook.

She included: ‘Last night my local mosque here in Slough validated that they will not be permitting females to come and pray in the mosque next week for Tarawih prayers during Ramadan.

‘ Let me just say that I comprehend about health and safety, I don’t need to be lectured on stuff to do with health and wellness when it comes to Covid and locations of praise.

‘ I was part of the Federal government roundtables discussing these problems with all faith communities … all of in 2015.

Jamia Mosque and Islamic Centre in Slough, Berkshire, claimed it closed it’s females’s prayer area on Tuesday to abide by the federal government’s 220 individual capacity limitations

‘ The Government liaised with faith communities to try and do this stuff securely for everybody, so I get it.

Covid limitations on places of worship:

From 12 April the government has actually permitted locations of worship in England to open for the following functions: An individual, or single family, which might consist of an existing assistance bubble where eligible, going into the location to hope on their own. The number of people or families permitted in a place of praise at any one time will be dependent on the size of the structure and capability to socially distance therein. When inside a place of praise visitors should not mingle with anyone outside of their household or support bubble. Limits for communal praise should be selected the basis of the capability of the place of praise following an assessment of danger. Funeral services need to have no more than 30 individuals. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must run out than 15 people present. Source: Advertisement

‘ This particular mosque has a lot of space, so in terms of area and making this work, it’s completely, absolutely manageable with this mosque.

‘ Let’s just be clear. This is way beyond Covid, this is a state of mind. This is a frame of mind that informs guys whether ladies can go and pray in a mosque, in this case throughout Tarawih prayers during Ramadan, in other cases throughout the year.

She added: ‘I have been hearing stories over many years of women, and myself, who have been mistreated, who’ve been discharged who’ve been made to feel in a certain method for far too long, and enough is enough.

‘ You understand it’s hard to talk about this stuff openly.( …) We’ve been talking about it as women primarily for so many years and actually enough suffices now. So as I state this goes method beyond covid and Ramadan, it’s much deeper than that, much broader, a lot more of a huge problem.’

Julie described that Tarawih prayers are open to everyone, as are all prays – but added that she had actually dealt with a degree of sexism and been made to feel uneasy for exercising her right to play in numerous religious locations during her 30-years as a Muslim.

Another local lady, Ni Tarafet, who doesn’t worship at the mosque however is aware of the closure said: ‘That particular mosque has had problems with the females’s section for [a long] time.

‘ And it’s completely versus the Islamic religion [to block the mosque to ladies] and I believe there is more of a cultural agenda behind it.’

Ni, a student, added: ‘It’s getting outrageous now and something requires to be done!’

Mosque secretary Latif Khans stated: ‘There comes a time when we have to take with good faith choices which safeguard everybody.

‘ Come June 21 I can categorically specify if everything goes as planned they (women) will exist on the very first day.’

Jamia Mosque and Islamic Centre has been called for further remark.

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