I saw parts of this early this morning, physiotherapist troche medstore hearing a woman doing the prayer call on TV and ignored it and went to work. Then when driving to work in the afternoon VOA had a thing on it and when they said that “a female was leading the Friday prayer”. After hearing that I felt something icky in my throat.
Its not that I have anything against them learning the Koran or even teaching it. Most if not all of my teachers for Islam have been women. They are the ones that taught me that its a mans responsibility to lead the prayers including being Imam on the Friday prayer. I even recall one time during Ramadan when I went to pray the Magreb. I put my prayer mat just behind one of my aunt’s as she was praying and prayed. After I finished praying I got scolded by her for praying behind a woman. For me it was praying at an empty spot, to her it was sacrilege.
I am all for womens rights, and that they should have equality under the law and be able to voice their opinion. There is an essay on the matter: What Would the Prophet Do? The Islamic Basis for Female-Led Prayer By Nevin Reda. Where she lists objects and evidence for allowing women being Imam of prayer and sadly her evidence sucks. She just list why women should be leaders and that their should be fairness between the sexes in birth and death. And I agree that a woman can be a leader and have authority and power one great and prime example is Khadeeja, Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) wife. She was a business owner and a very powerful and rich merchant and first women to convert to Islam, but she wasn’t leading the prayer.
Also her the objections she listed with her opinions against them are bland and dont have much refute. They dont offer me enough evidence for to even think about agreeing with her.
Yet where she is coming from is a good place. Her aim for this is to let women get the powers they deserve under Islam to be leaders, professionals in the work place, society and their home. This is what we should strive for and aim for. But please dont twist religion like the extremists to help in your own personal agenda.