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22 March, 2005

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A US based female Muslim professor, Amina Wadud has led Friday Prayers in a New York Church with men in the congregation despite sharp criticism from Muslim religious leaders in the Middle East who termed it a gross violation of Islamic norms and values.

Whereas, Amina Wadud, a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia commonwealth University, contends there is no restriction on women in Islam to lead the prayers.

Wadud said before the service, "With this prayer service we are moving forward, this single act is symbolic of the possibilities within Islam." Asra Q Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and mother of an illicit child, was the lead organizer of the prayer.

On the other hand, all Islamic organizations representing US Muslims have strongly opposed the idea saying that Wadud is not the representative of Muslims and she is tarnishing the whole Islamic faith.

Pronounced Muslim scholars in Pakistan have stated that women have been given more rights in Islam comparing to any other religion or cult, but there are certain limitations imposed by God and the job of leading the prayers is handed over to men.

Abdul-Aziz al Khayyat, a former minister of religious affairs in Jordan and a religious scholar says that its forbidden under Islamic doctrine and that the Prayers of the men who participated would not count.

Prophet Mohammad and all the scholars did allow the women to lead ... mixed congregations, not even to allow her to pray at the side of the man, Al-Hayyat says "she can only pray behind him."

Q1, Is this a calculated conspiracy aimed at creating another sect against Islam like Qadianis where created at a time when British Empire in India were facing tough resistance from the Muslim opposition.

Q2, Is the west afraid of the spreading of Islam in USA and Europe and wants to create suspicion in the minds of fresh converts about the freedom of women in Islam.

Q3, What is your opinion about those who attended the prayers and what actions should the Muslim leaders and Ulema Take?

Reader Comments:

Muslim woman Imam of sunrise radio

For 2 years in between
bhajan and sikh morning
prayer I listen to Imam mehrjabeen Khan for roza fasting whole month in UK.I was impressed with a nath"Ma kay qadmoan key nizee jinathai song (without music)" last year.

malkit singh gillani, United Arab Emirates - 22 January, 2006

ASALAM- ALAIKUM -WA-RAHMATULLAHI- WA-BARKATAHU..........

ISLAM IS A RELIGION BASED ON PRINCIPLES OF NATURE,IT SHOWS US THE PATH OF PURITY,PERFECTION,HAPPINESS,PROSPERITY&PEACE FOR ALL.PRAYER IS A FORM OF PRACTICING DESCIPLINE.THE 5 TIMES PRAYERS IS A CHECK&ASSESSMENT ROUTINE.THE MEN & WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN THE EYES OF GOD ALMIGHTY.THEY BOTH ARE COMANDED TO BE SELF DESCIPLINED & RIGHTEOUS FOR THEIR OWN GOODS & FOR THE SOCIETY IN GENERAL BUT MEN & WOMEN ARE NOT EQUAL BIOLOGICALLY & EMOTIONALLY. THOSE WHO MONGER THE SLOGAN OF EQUALITY ARE EITHER FAILING TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF FALSE EQUALITY.THE MODERN WORLD HAVE DEGRADED & SUBJECTED WOMEN SECTION TO THE CRUELEST REALITIES.THOSE WHO ARE CHAMPAIGNING THE MUSLIM WOMEN TO BE ALLOWED TO OFFER PRAYER IN THE MOSQUE BESIDES MUSLIM MALES, NOT SERVING A CAUSE.IF ALLOWED THEY WILL KILL THE VERY SPIRIT OF THE PRAYER ie PURITY OF THOUGHT & DESCIPLINE OF THE BELIEVERS.SUCH EXERCISE WILL MALIGN DIGNITY OF CHARACTERS OF THE MUSLIM BELIEVERS.
FOR A SHORT PERIOD DURING THE LIFETIME OF PROPHET OF ISLAM, PERMISSION WAS GRANTED BUT WAS SOON WITHDRAWN AS IS QUOTED IN HADIS HENCE IT SHOULD NOT BE SUPPORTED IN TODAYS VALGAR & PERVERT WORLD.AMINA IS USING HER REBELIOUS NATURE IN A WRONG DIRECTION,SHE IS CREATING UNESSESSARY CONTROVERCIES OVER IT OR MAY BE SHE IS USING CONTROVERCIES TO BE FAMOUS, PRETENDING TO BE A MUSLIM REFORMIST LIKE THE STUNT ADOPTED BY SALAM RUSHDI & TASLIMMA NASREEN.NAMAZ IS COMPLETE SUBMISSION IN FRONT OF ALLAH WHEN SHE IS PRAYING & DEMANDING EQUALITY PROVES THAT SHE DOES KNOW THE MEANING OF ISLAM,NAMAZ& QURAN.

RAKHSHI WASSAN(19), Hungary - 10 February, 2006

Khayina Mardud

All those who obey Prophets and bow before God Almighty know well that There has been no woman as a Prophet. When God created woman he said that she will be as a companion to man and will help him in humanly matters. That is the general status of woman now we come to the teachings of Islam what our Holy Prophet has ordered us.
In Islam it has been said to a woman that after God she has to obey her husband. She has the right to be educated, has share in property and has a big right on her children. But, she can not be a commander, she can not be an Amir and she can not lead the forces, however she can fight and accompany man in all matters.
And in the Namaz if there are all women one of them can be Imam but she is not allowed to stand like an Imam in leading front. She will stand in between the women in the centre of the front row. while bowing and in sajda she will get her body collected and not show off herself.
What this woman who I name 'Khayina Mardud' is a conspirator against Islam and will create new problems. She is creating mis-understandings and should be dealt with any source and at any level. The Country where she is residing should be asked at government level to put to death this woman.

Mohammad Ilyas, Pakistan - 12 February, 2006

Hijabi Girls.

Hello there. I think that you should go ahead start posing nude and drink alcohole in order to enjoy the western way of living and I am pretty sure that this paranoid and ignorant west will still treat you like a Muslim terrorist, but not as a part of their lives. I am a liberal Muslim in the U.S.A but I am still treated as Muslim due to my origin of Pakistan, my skin colour, my race, my accent and my ideology. So get a life and do what I told you to do. Good Luck!

Tariq Ali, United Kingdom - 15 February, 2006

wow.

I wouldnt call her the devil, just that from what i do know, women can only pray in congregation with men if they are standing right at the back. its pretty simple why this is so... men like women, women like men, in Islam having pre marital relations with a man is forbidden, so then why would she want to bend over in front of a huge crowd of men? it doesnt make sense to me, sure in todays world women can do almost everything a man can, but this is not about being ABLE to do something, there is no competition so what is this woman trying to prove?

Me, Cuba - 26 May, 2006

you all should neva be disrespeactful to islam its an lovely religon that you have been brought up to so whats the point in not being an full muslim coz when its judge ment day then you all will ask for forgiveness but then you wont get another chance to come back on earth and fill ur promise to allah what i mean by that you have come to earth to pass an compition well u no what i mean then once u fill that promise like how i am then u will go to heaven get me so please respeact others and help the poor and not being rude.

Nadia masood, United Arab Emirates - 18 July, 2006

I know this comment will surely be regreted because it tells the reality of those who will be readin

I feel really sorry to hear all those rubbish comments of these people about women in islam ...who are these people ?Have they ever read Quran once in their life time with a correct and authentic translation ? surely the answer is noooo...a muslim who havent read the most important guidance of their life {that is surely Quran }, i m surprised how can they call themselves muslims especialy muslim men of Pakistan ...i certainly say that muslims in Pakistan are no more then dumb fools or dumb driven cattles who dont have brains to think what is there in Quran ...you know in Pakistan about 90% to 95% of women are treated like animals in their home... they are beaten every day like animals ...sold like animals , used like animals in all aspects ... this is the reality of Pakistani men .This proves that 90 to 95% of Pakistani men will surely be lead to hell since they dont follow what is in Quran and they dont even follow the life of their beloved prophet Muhammad who never in his life ever hitted even a match stick to his wife... the Pakistani men regret their religon and their Prophet.Isnt that true? this also proves that they have no right to blame or say even a word the west for their any activities because
they are not muslims and they can do such things because they dont have hadayath which is again the responsibilty of muslims of all world because its on them to call them for hadayah in the best way and explan everything in the best way .But what reason these Pakistani men can give for their such behaviour even when they are muslims ? This proves that not a single man in Pakistan claims himself to be a true muslims ...no wonder they are the greatest hypocrites who follow islam from no where.No wonder they will be held for this on the day of Judgement since they dont follow their beloved Prophet character as a husband and in all aspects of life.
In the end i would only like to say that :
" CERTAINLY A NOBLE MAN HONOURS A WOMAN WHEREAS A WICKED DISHONOURS THEM "
and in no way they are among the best of muslims ,on the contrary they are the worst of muslims ...or most suitably the black sheeps

Javaria, Pakistan - 02 August, 2007

PAKISTANI BE SHAMED OF YOUR SELF

Can any Pakistani tell me why islam is spreading more in the west than in the east countries especially the subcontinents and why out of every 4 muslims accepting islam in west 3 are women ? You cannot answer so i can help you out .Its just because of the corect interpretition of islam in the west because there the muslim scholars know that if they said anything wrong they will be immediately held and they have to convert the nonmuslims in west who atleast use their heads and brains unlike eastern people.Its a shame on you Pakistani men cuz in ur country women are not more then cows and low standard nurses who know nothing but just to bring up their children in the worst way cuz u people do not allow them to educate like kafirs. obviously this will make them able to think and use their brains wch u dont want cuz then they will rebell you rubbish activities . Its again a shame that you women population is much less then men which proves that their is continuous infaticides of females like kafirs,beacause scietifically female child have more chances of surival at the time of birth then male child so ur female population should be greater then male but its opposite . SURELY ITS A SHAME ...the way your maulvies { who not more than eating shits of politicions in ur country and suely rely on their aid }interpret islam is shamefull and if i would have been a women i would never accepted islam living in you country .

Ahad, - 02 August, 2007

Women can't lead prayers

Firstly, can I say that when any one posts a comment they should do so knowing the facts. Going into the American British plot suggestion giving poor examples of Qadianis and so on with no evidence is foolishness.
Anyway, back to the issue...Women cannot lead prayers for men; One simple reason;- man is weak and to have a woman in front is a distraction for obvious reasons. Think about it. Amina Wadud's actions constitute biddah. Allah knows well the nature of His creation and we should not challenge His laws that are in harmony with these natural laws laid down for us and for those to come.

Tuhawar, Pakistan - 11 August, 2007

Where does it say women can't lead prayers?

I have only one question to ask:
Yes, it is most commonly known among Muslims that women *are not allowed to* lead prayers, but where is the evidence? Quranic evidence, for that matter.

Mina, United Kingdom - 19 June, 2008

Shaytan in the Ranks of Islam

What is wrong with you men letting a woman leads you in prayer. You people have sold your souls to shaytan. You are a bunch of perverts if you allow a woman to knell in front of you to lead Prayer. If she is married, her husband is and idiot or pimp. Sorry, but I got keep it real. I recall reading a hadith that the Holy Prophet said: "I looked in the Hell fire and seen that the majority of the inmate there are women and men followering behind them." The Holy prophet also said: "Never obey your women but if they are right obey Allah." You people are doing as the Jews and Christains are doing in their places of worship by allowing female rabbis and female minsisters which goes against their scripturers. Where is the moral security blanket for this type of action i.e., a female making sujud in front of you. Once again, I keeping it real, man , I ain't thinking about no salat. Our scholars and Good Muslim sisters need to raise you voices and put these immoral people in their places. Pretty soon, these so-called female imams will be promoting same sex marriages. This has been predicted also. What does Rosa Parks has to do with womans rights in Islam. Your thinking is becoming intergrated with western philosophy and Shaytanic ideals. Get real. You try to change the religion of Allah by corrupt interpretations of the Holy Qur'an and some fabricated hadiths. I am a Native-African-American, so no dispect to Rosa Parks because of her struggle for her rights and the rights of Black America was for social, political and economic rights. So don't try to equate her struggle with what is right as established by
Allah from the Qur'an and the sunnah. Islamic equality between man and woman is their duty towards Allah in obeying that which is in their nature. You stupid, ignorant people are being to piss me off. Keeping it real. May Allah guide you back to the right path. PS, I don't care what madh-hab this stuff is coming from but is is right. Salam.













thos

Muhammad, United Kingdom - 10 October, 2008

i pity

I HAVE NOTHING MUCH TO SAY,ABOUT AMINA WADUD ,BECAUSE SHE IS NOT SO IMPORTANT TO BE DISCUSED FOR,,,but I PITY ON THOSE MEN WHO ARE STANDING BEHIND AMINA IN FRIDAY PRAYER ...DEAR ALL DO NOT GET TAMPERED BY THESE THING ,A SIMPLE TO GET MEDIA COVERAGE ,,DISGUISING THEMSELVES AS MUSLIM...[OFCOURSE THEY ARE NOT MUSLIM]NOR OF ANY RELEGION
SAMI

, Hungary - 26 November, 2009

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