Kahina Bahloul, a Muslim woman who was born for an Algerian father and a French mother, has established an association for Muslims in France and it is called: “Tell Me About Islam.” The association aims to discuss controversial debates that are not discussed among Muslims.
Bahloul was the first to suggest the idea of a mixed-gender mosque in France where is doing her PhD on Islamic studies.
In an interview with French Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, Bahloul said the mosque is going to be named “Fatima Mosque” and it is the first of its kind in France.
Translation: “A mixed-gender mosque in Paris where women are not covering their heads.. French newspaper, Le Monde revealed proposals to establish a “liberal and mixed-gender” mosque in Paris where it gathers Muslim men and women who feel current mosques in France do not represent them.”
Bahloul also confirmed the mosque idea was first inspired by the “discrimination” Muslim women are facing when praying in mosques where they are seperated in a different room than men. However, Muslim women should not be any less than men when performing religious rituals.
Accordingly, the proposed project will also emphasize other interpretations of Quran to reflect more intolerant and less radical image about Islam in the world.
The mosque will not be mixed-gender only, but it will also welcome non-hijabi women to pray without covering their heads despite all criticism this idea had received.
Between supporters and critics, Bahloul’s idea had stirred wide controversy among the Muslim world.
Many had fiercely criticized it suggesting it breaks Islamic taboos and this is only part of a “conspiracy theory” that is targeting Islam and Muslims.
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JTA — A mosque that opened recently amid protests in a heavily Jewish part of London announced plans to host an exhibition celebrating Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
Golders Green Mosque is set to feature the exhibition prepared by the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel at the beginning of the new year, The Jewish News of London reported Thursday.
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At this mosque, women worship in the same room as the men. They lead prayers and give sermons.
They are not forced to watch the service on television in a different room.
At this mosque, gay people are welcomed.
And there’s no dress code. You can cover your head or not, as you see fit.
This mosque, based in Kitchener-Waterloo, does Islam differently.
“We reject a patriarchal system,” says Fran Pappert-Shannon of Waterloo, who co-founded the mosque two years ago, and co-ordinates its activities.
“We are egalitarian, without a patriarchal hierarchy. and we believe in the concepts of shared authority.”
All of this is very unusual for the religion, as it is often practised in North America.
And so, in order to write about the K-W El-Tawhid Juma Circle, I had to agree not to publish its location.
Some members of the congregation, who are gay and haven’t come out yet, were uneasy about having a journalist around, so I couldn’t observe the service.
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A lost city thought to be more than 1,000 years old has been discovered in Ethiopia and may offer insight into Islam’s origins in the country.
The settlement, located near Ethiopia’s second largest city of Dire Dawa, in the east of the country, consisted of buildings constructed with large stone blocks, which gave rise to a local myth that giants lived there. Researchers believe it may date back as early as the 10th century.
Archaeologists discovered a 12th-century mosque in the settlement at Harlaa, as well as evidence of Islamic burials and headstones. The team, from the University of Exeter and the Ethiopian Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, also found artifacts from as far afield as India and China, suggesting that the region functioned as a hub for foreign traders.
Prophet Muhammad died in the mid-seventh century, and Islam is thought to have spread to the East African coastline sometime in the eighth century. But an earlier tradition holds that the Prophet Muhammad sent some of his first followers to Abyssinia—modern day Ethiopia—in the early seventh century.
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Islam has its most important holiday of Eid al Adha spread over the next four days and the one billion strong Muslim population is ready to celebrate.
The extended period of Eid officially runs from August 21 to August 25, giving Muslims time to engage in ritual and finery.
Different from the previous Eid al Fitr, the holier Eid is a celebration is one of feasting rather than fasting.
Over the four day period of Eid Muslims will engage in a variety of activities to celebrate, but what will they be?
What do Muslims do on each day of Eid?
Like most religious holidays, Eid al Adha is a time for prayer and the period is opened with an important one.
The congregational prayer is the traditional practice reserved specifically for Eid and is performed in unison as Muslims gather in a Mosque.
Led by an Imam, the congregational prayer opens the period of celebration and is often performed in an open field.
Men, women and children are all encouraged to take part but menstruating women are not.
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