“I am airing dirty laundry, because it needs to get washed” – Hind Makki
“Children of Adam, take your pleasantness to every Mosque.” (Qur’an 7:31)
How often have we as Muslim women been enthusiastic about praying in a new space, and have attended a new masjid only to be discouraged by the lack of accommodation, area or accessibility for female worshippers?
How often have we been pleasantly surprised by the well-lit rooms and inviting, comfortable spaces for female worshippers?
An intrepid Muslimah blogger and advocate, Hind Makki, wanted to further examine the issue of Muslim women’s prayer spaces in mosques around the world. Her blog “Side Entrance” is a photoblog of masjids, musallahs and other prayer spaces for women from all over the world. Often, these spaces sharply contrast the ones allotted for men.
The command for prayer for Muslims is not gender-specific. It is universal. Yet the obvious disparities in prayer spaces are staggering, even within wealthy communities and well-established Islamic centers. [Read more...]