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Mirwaiz emphasises need to ensure women’s access to Masjids

Lays foundation stone of new masjid at Athwajan
12:10 AM Mar 26, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
mirwaiz emphasises need to ensure women’s access to masjids
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Srinagar, Mar 25: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today emphasised the need to ensure women’s access to the masjids.

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According to a press note, he was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for a new masjid at Athwajan, on the outskirts of Srinagar. The event was attended by religious personalities, community leaders and local residents of Naz colony Sempora.

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Mirwaiz highlighted the masjid’s vital role and concept of “Jama’at” in Islam as a way to connect with the almighty. He emphasised that masjid is not only as a place of worship but as a hub for addressing community issues—be it social, economic, or otherwise. Mirwaiz reminded the faithful of the mosque’s historical role during the time of Prophet Muhammad, serving as the heart of the community where crucial societal issues were addressed.

“Building a mosque goes beyond constructing a place for prayers; it is about creating a community center that embodies the spirit of Islamic teachings, fostering a strong, vibrant Muslim community,” Mirwaiz said

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Mirwaiz emphasised the importance and need of inclusivity in these new sacred spaces, particularly the provision of designated areas for women to pray and assemble. “We should not keep out women folk away from the masjids as we cannot envision real change in our society or aspire to build a strong community without ensuring that our mosques are welcoming and accessible to women. Their participation and inclusion is crucial if we are to stay true to the values of Islamic teaching,” he added.

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