Why these Muslims do not understand the verse in the Holy Quran that clearly states to Lower the Gaze to both Muslim Men and Women, something that is outright ignored by the many muslims so influenced by the Bollywood and the whole sexualized cultural life. Why these Muslims fail to understand that Men and Women did pray separately and not sholder to sholder even when the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was leading the Salah!
Islam doesn’t discourage Muslim women from achieving what is Halal (permissible in Islam). Just like Men, she has a right to gain knowledge, infact it is an obligation on her! Just like a Muslim Men, she can become a Nurse, a Doctor, a Physician. She can be a Business woman, an entreprenuer, an artist, Judge, a Politician. She can be an Islamic Scholar just like a Muslim Man. She even can be a soldier and be in the battlefield. But what these confused Muslim brothers and sister who so proudly label themselves as “progressives” fail to understand is that even though Muslim Women can do all these things like man, she still has to observe the obligations that are upon her based on Shariah (Quran and Sunnah) just like Muslim Men.
So Islamophobes say stuff like this I understand- they are dumb. But when self labelled “progressive” muslims speak in the same tone that makes me not so easy.
Some one in Ann Arbor doesn’t really get that, with all due respect brother Ahmed Chaudry. If you have issues with the gender segregation at the Ann Arbor Masjid, you should definitely talk to the Imam of the Masjid, Sheikh Moataz al-Hallak. You should have done that before you posted this article at AnnArbor.com, because that would have been the right thing to do!
I would urge Muslim Sisters, especially from Ann Arbor area to post their views not only here but also at his article. May Allah guide us all, Ameen.
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