No pool catering to Muslim women? Anyone see the irony here?
The Kansas City area has no pool catering to the Muslim community; therefore, Muslim women have been paying to use area pools.
One group uses a YMCA pool at 1101 N.E. 47th St. every two or three weeks. About 20 women and girls usually come, said Susan Lynn, who makes the arrangements with the help of a neighbor, who is a member of the Y.
The cost is $8 each, and $5 for children under 5; boys under 5 are permitted. The next swimming date is Sunday. Participants should arrive by 6 p.m. because the doors are locked at 6:15.
“We are always looking to expand the group to bring down the price,” Lynn said.
One does not have to be Muslim to come. She said any woman looking for a ladies-only swim or whirlpool is welcome and can e-mail her at email@example.com.
Jaime Banyalmarjeh is trying to book a pool in the Raytown area and in the past has reserved a pool in the Blue Valley school district.
“Basically, we have to reserve pools outside normal operating hours so that there are no men present,” she said. “We also have to request female-only lifeguards. It is not always easy to pull this off.”
In the area Jewish community, officials at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park said it does not have any swimming programs specifically for women.
The Jewish community there? Do they mean the retirement home? Conversely, the Muslim community in Overland Park says this:
The Qur’an in its scope is the full and final divinely revealed constitution for mankind. It is also the textbook of the Muslim Iman (Faith) and the source book of Islamic laws, rules and regulations for the Muslims.
The Islamic Center of Johnson County, Inc., unequivocally affirms the Qur’an and the Sunnah as its eternal and ultimate constitution.
So much for the United States Constitution. What will happen if a man does see one of the Muslim women swimming? What happens if her husband finds out and determines she has dis-honored his family?
In a related story, a Muslim woman from Ontario, Canada went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and forced female only swim times so not to break Islamic sharia law.
Update: When MYNA had to rent a YMCA for its Islamic youth camp, some Muslims were not happy having to pray under foreign flags or near the Christian cross – even though they place the swords of Islam on the YMCA’s cross.