Sunday, June 26, 2005

CAIR promotes Women Friendly Mosques

In another post, I'll do a short review of the publication and how this could impact the American Muslim community.

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said today it plans to distribute a brochure supporting the religious rights of Muslim women to mosques throughout the United States. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the 28-page publication, called "Women Friendly Mosques and Community Centers: Working Together to Reclaim Our Heritage," is designed to educate Muslim community leaders about the right of Muslim women to equal access to and participation in community activities.

It was published through a collaborative effort of the Islamic Social Services Associations (ISSA) and Women in Islam (WII). To download a PDF copy of the brochure's text, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/pdf/intro.pdfhttp://www.cair-net.org/pdf/text.pdf

Using references in the Quran, Islam's revealed text, and the traditions (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad, the publication's authors call for improvements in women's access to mosque facilities, greater participation of women in mosque program planning and development of a mosque governance structure that allows women and youth to have input in decision-making.

The Prophet Muhammad is also quoted as saying in his final sermon: "The rights of women are sacred, so see that they are maintained."Specific recommendations in the "Women Friendly Mosques" guide include:
* Make available designated space for women in the main prayer hall of mosques.
* Invite women to organize community programs, introduce speakers, offer dua (supplications) during educational programs, moderate panels, and direct question and answer sessions.
* Ensure that women are represented on governing boards of mosques and community centers.

"We hope Muslim religious and community leaders will study and adopt the recommendations in this guide as part of a nationwide effort to help restore the rights that Islam has granted to women for more than 1400 years," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

6 Comments:

Blogger Takumi Nakashima said...

It's about time that women be included in the planning of all mosques. It should have been done years ago. Since most muslims were immigrants, they brought with them the baggage and garbage from their cultural understanding of Islam. I'd like to see, an Islamic center for women only.

2:20 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

I wouldn't mind seeing Muslim women's centers, as long as they are not cut off or seperate from the rest of the community. We need to be pro-active as Muslims whether we are men, women or children. Everyone should feel like an important member of the larger Muslim umma.

10:39 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Asalamu Aliakum,
I'm concerned that CAIR may be giving the pro-regressive loonies a rhetorical piece of meat. Theres already an article by serial sub-academic Muslim "kissinger" wannabe Muqtedar Khan raving about this and how Asra Nomani got the ball rolling.

2:14 AM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Asalamu Aliakum,
I'm concerned that CAIR may be giving the pro-regressive loonies a rhetorical piece of meat. Theres already an article by serial sub-academic Muslim "kissinger" wannabe Muqtedar Khan raving about this and how Asra Nomani got the ball rolling.

2:15 AM  
Blogger publicdebate said...

Salaam Alaikum,

its my understanding that this work was being done by the groups long before the pro-regressives (i like this one better than proggies :-)) came around with their media circuses. ... This work was apparently going on for a few years with extensive discussions with community level masajid imams -

"...based on a paper developed in 2001 by Shahina Siddiqui"

But someone else is going to have to do a more complete research.

Of-course PMUNAists are going to try and take credit for this --- they are opportunists --- so you should expect them to to try and steal all kinds of limelight and credit.

Muqtedar Khan --- the kissinger wannabe --- these days i feel sorry for him --- he is being treated really badly by the more fanatic PMUists...(behind their closed doors) if he had some integrity, and self-worth, he should write about his experiences, and resign. But his politics are so messed up - that he'll probably stay with 'em even though they are heaping all kinds of abuse on him... 'cause he does not agree 150% with the PMUNA on everything.

(Remember the cardinal rule of PMUNA is no self-criticism allowed --- only slamming and trashing of all other Muslims - esp. if they're being critical of PMUNAism).

5:23 AM  
Blogger Umm Zaid said...

Salaam 'Alaikum

It's my understanding that Shahina Siddiqui and myself were the first to publish anything in the US about women's access to the masjid. I may be wrong, but until certain people climbed up on the bandwagon, our two articles were the only things I could ever find on the issue. Asra Nomani herself admits that she didn't know diddly squat about this community or the diyn until after she was 35 yrs old. A few years of publishing books and getting your mug on CNN do not make you a long standing activist or the roots of the grass. Perhaps if some of the rest of us sought the limelight, we'd get this attention or acknowledgement as well. I'm not jealous, 100% by Allah, although it would be *nice* to be *acknowledged.* Because Allah ta'ala knows the Truth, and I think a lot of people know cynical publicity ploys when they see them. My two cents.

4:00 PM  

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