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(All three stories via muslimahmediawatch)

Kendrapara mosque opens doors to women (source)

KENDRAPARA: Hundreds of Muslim women offered prayers at an exclusive namaz for females at Kendrapara's Minar mosque on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday. Mosque authorities said the annual event was aimed at women's empowerment.

"Each year, Eid brings joy to hundreds of women from the Alhadis sect in Kendrapara as they offer special prayers at the mosque at Badahat in Kendrapara," said Ainur Haque, cleric of Minar mosque. "The mosque managing committee's decision is a bold step towards giving women equal rights," he added.

The women pray at the mosque every Friday. A thin curtain separates them from men, who also offer namaz at same time. The women put off their burkhas during the prayers. Minar mosque, however, is the lone mosque in Kendrapara district to allow women to attend namaz. "In rest of the 22 mosques in coastal district, Muslim women aren't entitled to perform namaz," said Mohammad Akil of Kendrapara.



Muslim women break taboo, offer Eid prayers (source)

MALDA: Fighting back convention, 1,000 women congregated at Hyderpur in Malda to offer Eid namaz on Saturday just like their male counterparts. Succeeding in breaking free from the shackles of male domination, the women gathered under the banner of Muslim Mahila Janakalyan Samity and prayed, led not by a moulvi but a woman from among them.

"We have been doing this for the last nine years. It is the first all-women prayer to be held in West Bengal. We are proud that women are coming out from behind the purdah. There were initial objections from male family members, but they have now accepted it," said Shamima Begum, who led the prayer.

It was not an easy task for Rabeya Biwi, Amina Khatun or Surama Begum. Mostly homemakers, the women had to fight all odds to step out of their homes. "It was very difficult to convince our husbands that we, too, had the right to pray," said Amina. To begin with, enlightened men of the community, who understood their need, arranged for a special prayer, exclusively for the women.

Initially, around 100 women gathered for the namaz. Soon the number swelled to 1,000.



Women offer namaz at Mangalore masjid, create history (source)

For these 15 Muslim women—as much as for the entire Muslim community—this Eid-ul-Fitr would be etched in history.

In a path-breaking event, these 15 women were allowed to offer namaz in a mosque on Eid-ul-Fitr in Mangalore on Friday on the directions of Karnataka high court. Mangalore, along with Kerala, celebrated Eid on Friday. History was created, when Noor Masjid opened its doors to the women, following the court’s orders to offer namaz in the mosque.

The women had earlier petitioned the court seeking to be allowed to offer namaz in the mosque after being repeatedly denied the right to offer prayers to celebrate Eid-ul Fitr.

The Noor Masjid managing committee is headed by Sunnis and they had opposed entry of women into the Masjid. But the Salafis – a sect in Islam – had argued that they wanted the women to be allowed to pray inside the mosque on Eid-ul-Fitr.

The high court in its order delivered to the Masjid committee directed it to allow the 15 women to pray, citing their names.
But when a few women who were not mentioned in the list sent by the high court also wanted to offer prayers, the Masjid committee disallowed them.

The copy of the court order was also sent to the Mangalore South Police station. The Mangalore South police inspector, Ramakrishna told DNA that “We have carried out the order of the high court to the last letter and allowed the 15 original petitioners to offer prayers at Noor Masjid.

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