Are these Muslim women equally concerned with U.S. mosques that teach aspects of the Koran and sharia law that are inherently opposed to non-Muslims?
An update on a situation we posted on in 2010 that saw Police enforcing sharia gender segregation at DC mosque. Interestingly, when non-Muslims point out Islamic gender discrimination in schools and mosques, Muslims and their lackey’s scream Islamophobia. via End gender apartheid in U.S. mosques – USATODAY.com. By Asra Q. Nomani
Just over a month ago, a group of Muslim women and I strode through the marble courtyard of the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., just down the street from the vice president’s official residence on the exclusive Massachusetts Avenue, lined with embassies and mansions.
“Down where?” responded Fatima Thompson, 45, an American-Muslim convert who lives in the city. “In the grave?”
In fact, the man wanted the women and me to go through a side door designated for women and climb down a stairwell into a basement space reserved for “sisters.” It’s beside the men’s restroom.
My stomach turned. My son, Shibli, 8, was with us, and he had more rights than we as women. We were intent on rejecting second-class status. To me, it amounts to gender apartheid. Our goal was to walk through the front double doors designated for “brothers” and pray in the forbidden space of the opulent musallah, or main hall, of the mosque.
Last year, Thompson launched a “Pray In” campaign in Washington-area mosques, and this was our fourth action . With us, Ify Okoye, 27, a Nigerian-American Muslim convert, and Krysta Camp, 28, an American-Muslim convert, strode forward to reclaim in the 21st century rights that women enjoyed in the 7th century when the prophet Mohammad let women pray in the main hall of his mosque without forcing them behind any partition. During the other pray-ins, mosque officials called D.C. and Fairfax County (Va.) police and threw us out, charging us with trespassing. This time, we got to pray, but we had to hear shouts and insults.
As much of the world cheers the rise of democracy in the public square of the Middle East, it’s time that we see the Arab Spring bloom somewhere equally important: mosques. We should start with mosques in the U.S., and the government should help promote democracy in places of worship by denying non-profit tax-exempt status — called 501(c)3 designation — to places of worship that practice gender inequity, just as they can deny tax-exempt status to places of worship that engage in political activity.
The Feds are busy forcing cities to accept mosques that not only discriminate against Muslim women, but against all non-Muslims. The Feds should be shutting mosques that advocate Islamic sharia law or jihad, not promoting them.
Related: Al Fadl’s Women under Sharia Law: The Dilemma of “The Wife Beating Protocol”