Juma Masjid Near Mumbai’s Crawford Market Opens Doors To Women In A Historic Move

Juma Masjid
by Suchismita Pal
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The historic Juma Masjid near Mumbai’s Crawford Market is over two centuries old. The mosque which had come into existence in 1802 has now opened its doors to women as well. Juma Masjid has opened a separate prayer hall for women next to the southern wall of the mosque.  According to a Times of India report, the Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust has stated that there used to be a little prayer hall for women near the trust office. So, the trust decided to open a spacious prayer hall for women adjacent to the main prayer hall of the mosque.

 

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The Prayer Room Has Washrooms And Appointed Female Guards Too

The new prayer hall for women at Mumbai’s Juma Masjid has facilities like wazu ( room with washing facilities) and washrooms. The trust has also appointed female guards and cleaners to take care of the place. This is a big step for the mosque towards woman empowerment.

 

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Head of the Fatwa Department at Juma Masjid Mufti Ashfaq Kazi told TOI that women should ideally sit in the back rows behind men for offering prayers in the mosque. He added that due to the lack of an ideal society, it is better to have a separate prayer hall for women within the mosque.

 

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