Masjid Space for Ladies in Barbados

Masjid Space for Ladies in Barbados

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It has been 2 years since the Members Only Annual General Meeting at Jama Masjid Barbados. This arrangement was a departure from the accustomed norm of all previous committees which allowed all individuals to attend and voice their opinion whether they were members or not.
The present president who was always vocal suddenly did not want anyone to question him or his decisions as he implemented a closed door members-only meeting.
This meeting was held in the upstairs Madresa which resulted in people with disabilities not being able to participate due to lack of adequate facilities. Furthermore, The Imam of the Masjid was denied entry as he is not a member and the Barbados Association of Muslim Theologian's then Secretary, who was a source of support for Jama Masjid against "Ladies for Masjid", was also denied entry as he was a member of another Masjid.
The attached pic shows one of the problematic issues in the constitution which any intelligent reader will know has the foul stench of racism. Thankfully, a few Barbadian-born individuals with valid concerns raised their voices in the meeting and the result was that no constitution was able to be passed that night.

More than 2 years have passed since that meeting and the public still has not been told if work has been done on a new constitution which should be all-inclusive.
This is not surprising as it is in line with the present JMJ administration and the approach of its President doing things in an underhanded manner and using money and power to thereafter get his way. It seems as though a constitution will be sprung upon an unassuming public at the last minute and quickly passed by a handful of members.

On 14th August 2020 the following was posted on a group chat that is ran by the JMJ committee:
"Assalamaulikum,
Jama Masjid Jamaat Annual General Meeting will be held in the near future.
We are aware that it is due but because of Covid-19 restrictions it has delayed.
All members are asked to update your membership fees by 31st August 2020.
Jazakallah."

This message has not reached most of the members and also have not been posted in the Masjid(which is a usual practice) thereby not allowing potential new members to register before the deadline.
It seems that the President and his group want to have as few members as possible so that they can operate as they wish. Truly shameful as it was three years ago that the President was canvassing and phoning individuals begging for votes. Now that he has gained power he does not want anyone questioning him in a very dictator-like fashion.

The Muslim community and the non-Muslim community in Barbados need answers promptly.

In my time working with various local Barbadian community efforts, the friendship and tolerance of my fellow Barbadians has been mutual and worthy of appreciation.
Is this how us Muslims appreciate that goodwill? By inserting clearly racist clauses into our Masjid membership?
Are these racist clauses still part of the constitution? What about all the other parts of the constitution that were debatable?

Ironically, the President runs a business that is dependent directly or indirectly on the local non-Indian population but is proposing clauses that don't allow Muslims of Non-Indian background to be members of the Masjid. A Masjid that is the House of Allah and which is not privately owned.
Non-Muslim readers should note that the racist behaviour of these individuals have nothing to do with the teachings of Islam and they should boycott the businesses of these so called leaders who depend on them for support.

It is time for those that are not in favour of these unislamic teachings to take a strong stance. Change begins by every person who sees wrong speaking out and voting out those who are abusing their power. Being silent and sitting back is not an answer. In the words of a past prime minister of Barbados, Mr.Owen Seymour Arthur, "Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause, will never fail."

(According to the August 14 whatsapp message, those who are members need to pay their membership fees before the August 31 deadline. Those who are not members should now become members in order to give opinions, vote and make a difference)

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A page presenting the case for having appropriate space in the Masjids for ladies in Barbados

Operating as usual

18/04/2022

Mufti Taqi Uthmani Ṣāḥib has said:

“If women happen to be in the Masjid for a religious programme for example, it is permissible for them to perform Ṣalāh behind the Imam.”

Source: "Pearls of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (2019)" by Maulana Yusuf Shabbir

Mufti [Taqi Utmani] Ṣāḥib was asked regarding Masjids in the UK and whether they should have facilities for women, highlighting the reality that women are routinely leaving the homes for jobs, mastūrāt jamāʿat, local taʿlīm, Masjid programmes, ʿĀlimah classes, boarding madrasahs, shopping, events and for a variety of other reasons. Many a times they will be present in the Masjid hall due to a programme but will not join in the Ṣalāh.

Mufti Ṣāḥib explained that Masjids should definitely have facilities for women. It is a separate matter that they should be encouraged to perform Ṣalāh at home, however, there may be times when they are not at home. Women spending time out of the homes is a reality, and changes in the circumstances of people can impact upon the ruling. I mentioned to Mufti Ṣāḥib that in winter months many women make their Ṣalāh qaḍāʾ and that many female travellers do not have anywhere suitable to perform Ṣalāh. Moreover, if we do not provide segregated facilities for women on our terms, this will be imposed upon us in the future via equality and planning regulations and then we will have limited control on the safeguards.

(It should also be noted that Imam Abū Ḥanīfah (d. 150/767) and our earlier hanafi jurists did not advocate that Masjids should not have facilities for women, rather to the contrary, their positions clearly indicate that Masjids should have facilities for women, refer to al-Aṣl, 1:10, 164, 382, 446; and this answer: ).

Photos from TRT World's post 18/04/2022

Photos from TRT World's post

17/04/2022

The early Imams of the Hanafi school of law allowed elderly women (and little girls?) to go out to the Masjid. The later position of the Hanafi madhab was that no women should go out to go to the Masjid (other schools of law differ). The reasons for this prohibition and it's applicability today was thoroughly addressed in the previous post. In any case does this mean that Masjids run by Hanafis can not have a "ladies' section" wherein women may join the jamat??? See Imam Abu Hanifa's position:

“Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh never said ever that don’t have facilities for sisters in your Masjids. Rather, to the contrary, Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh himself mentioned certain rulings that when certain categories of ladies, for example travellers or elderly ladies go to the Masjid, where will they perform Ṣalāh, which in itself is proof that in the time of Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh to date, in Kufa, in Baghdad, in Iraq, in Shām, in Dimashq, there are facilities for sisters in the Masjids, and there are in Ḥaramayn also. It is a separate matter that it is better for the ladies to stay at home, that is a separate issue.”

"Imam Muhammad said in al Asl (١/٢٨٧): I said: What is your opinion on a traveller leading women in a journey? He said: I dislike for a man that he leads them in a house in which there is no mahram among them to him. I said: What if he leads them in a congregational masjid or in a house and with him is a woman who is mahram to him. He said: There is no problem with that. I said: What is your opinion on a travelling women leading the women? He said: I dislike that. I said: And if they do this? He said it is accepted from them and she stands in the middle of the row. (End of abridged quote)

And he (Imam Muhammad) said (١/١٦٤): I said: What is your opinion on a man leading women and there are no other men with them? He said: If it is a congregational masjid and salah is established in it and he is an Imam and he begins to pray and there are no men with him, and women enter the salah, then there is nothing wrong with this. But if he is in seclusion with them in a house or in a place other than a masjid then certainly I dislike that for him except if there is among them a mahram to them."

Links to full fatwas in comments.

Photos from Masjid Space for Ladies in Barbados's post 16/04/2022

Photos from Masjid Space for Ladies in Barbados's post

12/04/2022

Masjid committees in Barbados should pay close attention to recent actions in the Muslim community.
Firstly, there is now a musalla that has comfortable facilities for men and women. This recently opened musalla was attended by both men and women including well-known alims in Barbados. For years some of them strongly opposed ladies in masjids but their attendance at this new musalla proves they are now willing to accept a space for ladies in masjids.
Secondly, a leading Barbadian alim and Imam, who gave a strong bayan in 2018 against ladies coming to masjid, is overseas this Ramadan leading prayers and conducting programs at a masjid attended by both men and women.
Thirdly, Jamiat (BAMT) recently held an event on Palestine at LESC in which both men and women were invited and accommodated with no separation of the sexes.
This page, since 2018, has advocated for Masjid space for ladies in Barbados. This page has posted several scholarly articles confirming the allowance of ladies attendance at masjids. It also highlights alims who conduct programs in masjids where men and women attend.
This page has been strongly criticized. These recent developments prove otherwise. Masjid committees and the community must recognize that no longer should they prevent ladies, who wish to come to masjid, to do so. It isn't right!
Masjid Space for Ladies in Barbados

11/04/2022

Taraweeh Salah for all at Darul Fazal, Lowlands, Christ Church. Lead by Imam Hanzalah Gangat and other local Huffaz.

05/04/2022

The Quran DVD

Do not covet that in which God has preferred some of you above others [ in the way of worldly affairs or religion, lest it lead to mutual envy and hatred ] To men a share from [ a reward for ] what they have earned [ for their acts in the struggle and so on ] and to women a share from what they have earned [...this was revealed when Umm Salama said: ‘Would that we were men, so that we could join the struggle and receive the reward they receive!] And ask God of His bounty [ what you need and He will give it to you] God is ever Knower of all things [including where merit is deserved and that for which you ask.]
- Chapter 4, An Nisa (The Women), verse 32 (Jalalayn)

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Allah has created different people with different qualities according to His wisdom. There are some qualities that are beyond one’s power and control, like manhood, physical health, strength, beauty, intelligence etc. These are the types of qualities that the verse forbids to covet. If someone is superior to another in some of these qualities, and the latter yearns to be like the former or even superior to him, it will result in nothing but remorse and jealousy. He must think that Allah has given to him some qualities that are missing in the other. However, there are some qualities that may be earned through one’s effort and endeavor, like being pious, honest, hardworking, knowledgeable, generous, and so on. One should not only long for such qualities, but should make his best efforts to achieve them. The first sentence of the verse refers to the first kind of qualities, while the second sentence relates to the second kind. It is reported that some women in the days of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) expressed the desire that if they had been men, they too would have been able to participate in jihad actively. Obviously, this desire related to the first kind. The present verse forbade them from such thoughts, but it clarified that their being female does not deprive them of the fruits of their good deeds. They will be entitled to what they earned, both in this world and in the Hereafter. (The Meanings of the Noble Quran - Mufti Taqi Uthmani)

Khawateen Ka Masjid Mein Jana Kaisa? Mufti Tariq Masood 02/04/2022

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02/04/2022

From Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi:

Ramadan SOS 02/04/2022

Ramadan SOS

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It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”

(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi)

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02/04/2022

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02/04/2022

Whoever stands in Ramadhān (i.e. Tarāweeh) with Imān and hoping for reward from Allah, all his past sins will be forgiven”. (Bukhari, 1/16)

There are some misconceptions regarding taraweeh. The following post clears up some of them.

02/04/2022

Umar, Uthman and Ali r.a. accomodated women in taraweeh

Timeline photos 02/04/2022

Darul Fazal has a ladies' section and taraweeh prayers will be performed there.

https://instagram.com/darulfazal?utm_medium=copy_link

《Salaah Timings for Darul Fazal Musalla Ramadhan 2022》

02/04/2022

Ramadan begins tomorrow night, so the first fast is on Sunday.

30/03/2022
27/03/2022

"Although I have said I will not address these social norms, there is just one interpretive angle to the question of women in the mosque that I wish to add from these Ḥanafī works. As Marion Katz has shown in her excellent study of women in the mosque, Ḥanafī (school of law) texts are perhaps the most restrictive of women’s mosque attendance. Readers may turn to Katz’s study for the details of theory and practice in Ḥanafī lands.[14] I only wish to add that, even on the level of theory, these Ḥanafī texts do not actually present the mosque as an exclusively male space. This is borne out most clearly in the Kitāb Adab al-qāḍī of these books, where, as mentioned above, we are told that the qāḍī’s office should be in the mosque. This implies clearly that women litigants were expected to come to the mosque to seek resolution to worldly disputes. We are told that if a female litigant is menstruating, a state in which women may not enter the mosque due to the absence of ritual purity, they can come to the doors of the mosque, and the judge will come out and conduct his session there.[15] We are even told that women may themselves be judges, implying that a female judge can occupy an office inside of the mosque.[16] In the light of the Kitāb Adab al-qāḍī, we can read the gendered rules of group prayer with greater nuance. It appears that, in this Ḥanafī doctrine, ritual prayer should not be a reason for women to leave their homes to attend at the mosque, for which these jurists cite the precedent of the early community and the fear of unhealthy gender mixing (fitna); however, women are expected to leave their home for worldly needs, and where these worldly needs are best tended to in the mosque, then women are expected to make their way there and be accommodated."

Taken from: A Prayer-Based Civilizational Order: The Social Dimension of the Rules of Ritual Prayer By Sohail Hanif
Link in comments

18/03/2022

Among the prominent services provided on Friday in the Prophet’s Mosque women’s section, is the distribution of more than 200 wired headphones for non-Arabic speaking women to enable them to benefit from and listen to the interpretation of the Friday sermon in 7 languages.

16/03/2022

The 15th night of Shaban, 1443, will be on Thursday night (17th March 2022)

09/03/2022

The power is in your hands


09/03/2022
Timeline photos 06/03/2022

Timeline photos

Assalamualaykum wr wb
🫂 An open-armed welcome to all our respected Mothers, Daughters & Sisters out there 🫂

Sisters United, of Darul-Ilm Birmingham, is currently revitalising essential services and provision for our inspirational Muslimah community as an inclusive mechanism of support and community cohesion in a safe and secure, Islamic ethos and environment.

At Sisters United we believe that Allah SWT has empowered women, through His infinite mercy, with an immense capacity to give, share and support and we also recognise that we all need some level of enabling support and empathy. We have been blessed with the opportunity and the capacity to reach out and celebrate our Muslimah identities whilst reducing social isolation.

We offer a range of initiatives and services for all our Muslimah Sisters.

⚘Mother and Kids playgroup (weekly)
⚘Money Matters (AIG, Debt counselling & signposting) Non-advised service
⚘Youth Conviction Circle & Dawah Team
⚘ Monthly Girls Night
⚘Sisters Jummah Congregation

☕ Monday Coffee Mornings ☕
🫖1st Monday/month: Bereavement Circle
🫖2nd Monday/month: SEN Support Circle
🫖3rd Monday/month: Carers Support Circle
🫖4th Monday/month: Revert/New Muslimah Support Circle

It's been a particularly difficult and isolating time recently and so we pray for Allah's SWT mercy to reach you all.
If you're looking for a safe & Muslimah-friendly space to relax, socialise, learn and develop friendships, then come and join us!
We are so excited to meet you and can't wait to start a journey of sharing, healing, growth, and realising aspirations.
Together we can make a positive impact.🙂

06/03/2022

Browsing through the page of Mufti Mohammad Tosir Miah's organization Darul Ilm Birmingham masha Allah one can see the many programmes offered for the entire community such as: Facilities for ladies at Jummuah, Sister's revert classes, Sister's tajweed and fiqh courses, Homeless feeding programmes, Free counselling sessions, Coffee mornings for sisters, Weekly mother and kids playgroup, Girls international food night and Youth programmes for males and females. Perhaps the Ulama here can take some guidance from the Mufti as it relates to involving the entire community in our Masjids and organizations rather than excluding women.

Please share to all of your friends, followers and contacts.

Timeline photos 20/02/2022

Insha Allah, as seen below, Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah will soon be visiting Barbados and conducting a few programmes. Below is from one of a few responses on his website which allow for women to go to the Masjid:

"There is no legal text that forbids women from praying or learning in the masjid, but there are legal rulings based on other conditions that are built on legal texts in relation to fitna which involves moral and personal safety. Many a household could have been saved if the knowledge that could save the husband and children came from the wife. At the same time, many homes have been ruined because of the laxity and negligence of the ruling related to segregation and safety of women.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Moinul Abu Hamza

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham"

Darul Ilm Birmingham in collaboration with Al Ikraam Foundation present Caribbean Tour (Trinidad, Guyana and Barbados) 2022 and the inauguration of Darul Ifta Trinidad.

Photos from Muslims of Caricom's post 08/02/2022

Photos from Muslims of Caricom's post

Imam Abu Hanifah on Masjids having facilities for females | Islamic Portal 08/02/2022

Imam Abu Hanifah on Masjids having facilities for females | Islamic Portal

Imam Abu Hanifah on Masjids having facilities for females | Islamic Portal Imam Abū Ḥanīfah on Masjids having facilities for females Question I recently heard your speech at the South Lakes Islamic Centre and Masjid fundraiser in Preston in which you said…

28/01/2022

Many in charge here claim Masjids can't have a ladies section because that isn't allowed in the Hanafi school of thought. But is that really true and is that the view of Imam Abu Hanfia? Here is what Maulana Yusuf Shabbir said at the South Lakes Islamic Centre and Masjid fundraiser:

“Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh never said ever that don’t have facilities for sisters in your Masjids. Rather, to the contrary, Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh himself mentioned certain rulings that when certain categories of ladies, for example travellers or elderly ladies go to the Masjid, where will they perform Ṣalāh, which in itself is proof that in the time of Imam Abū Ḥanīfah Raḥimahullāh to date, in Kufa, in Baghdad, in Iraq, in Shām, in Dimashq, there are facilities for sisters in the Masjids, and there are in Ḥaramayn also. It is a separate matter that it is better for the ladies to stay at home, that is a separate issue.”

The above is approved by Mufti Shabbir Ahmed, a teacher of many in Barbados. We have gone to such an extreme that even the elderly and little girls are forbidden from stepping foot in the Masjids, while even Imam Abu Hanfia himself never called for this.

Source in comments.

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