Freeing Our Mosques

(Social, RIS CA 2009)

RIS Canada 2010
Toronto, December 27, 209
Sister Aisha sadly, in my opinion, is wrong in regards to not having any barriers between men and women. Yes women should participate in the mosque but according to the guidelines laid out by the Prophet and the Sahabas. There's wisdom and proof for women being in the back and having a separation. Sayyida Aisha, the wife of the Prophet and one of the most learned of the Companions, said “If the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) was alive to see what women are doing now (in A’isha’s time), he would surely have prevented them from attending the prayers in the Mosque just as the women of Banu Isra’il were prevented.” (Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim). Sr. Aisha should advocate for proper method of attending the mosque as well as how to bring women to the mosque.

Date: 2015-09-26T16:25:19.000Z | By: Khush Rehman
ALHUMDOLILLAH. Absolutely spot on!! Our ummah complains about what is happening to the youth and yet do so much to bring about this situation!!!

Date: 2014-07-15T16:55:16.000Z | By: demoncleaner01
This is a great lecture!
I have been struggling with this for years now and kept complaining, I am discouraged and even 2 days ago after I left the mosque, I was thinking about not going back anymore. This is after i have made an improvement over the years and started going to the Jumaa prayers regularly.
I have always said to my friends and whenever I complained to the mosque that I don't want to be second-class citizens, and that as a professional I interact with men who are Non-Muslims at work so why should I be prevented from interacting with Muslim men, or asking the Imam a question after the Khutba instead of having to do it through a middle-man.
Like Sr Aisha Al-Adawiya said in this lecture: it's not about women leading the prayers, but women being part of our mosques.
I took a co-worker once to one of our local mosques, and the first thing he commented and asked about was the separation between men and women.
After going 3 times he never returned again.

It is  a shame that other male scholars are not talking about it or encouraging the inclusion of women.

Date: 2014-05-19T06:11:35.000Z | By: Nima
It's funny how she mentioned about sitting in front rows, encouraging women to do so. I attended few years ago for the first (and last time) a seminar by Al Maghrib Institute here in Edmonton, and when i arrived there I found all front rows were allocated to men and women were relegated to the back. I complained saying that I had paid the same amount as men and should be allowed to sit where I want. It was so upsetting. There were so many young women in their 20's who accepted it without saying anything. Some were students and others were accomplished professionals like myself.
I was very disappointed. I was in my late forty's and was upset about it.
My children and I never took another seminar again from Al Maghrib Institute.
I sent them an email raising my concerns but it was not acknowledged and no one responded to me but they still kept se
It took over a year and half for them to stop emailing me their advertisements.

i did exactly the same thing she advised in this lecture: stop donating to  the mosque. I once emailed one of the mosques after receiving an email soliciting donations, and said that they have ignored all my previous emails/concerns and never responded to me and that if I was not worthy of a response from them then they were not worthy of my money. That was the last time I had donated to that mosque.

It is very sad to see the sate of our Muslim communities.
May Allah help us improve.

Date: 2014-05-17T06:58:57.000Z | By: Nima
A powerfull, honest and important lecture. I literally had goosebumps listening. May God bless her.

Date: 2013-07-14T17:00:49.000Z | By: Black Rose
Long over due.

Date: 2012-11-21T22:52:05.000Z | By: Syrian Rebel
very lovely and sincere talk. May Allah be satisfied with her.

Date: 2012-11-07T05:38:25.000Z | By: Ayaz Asad
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