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Let women into mosques: Alim
In his first public address on Friday evening at the Newtown mosque in Johannesburg where the imamat is lead by Maulana Ebrahim Bham, Sheik Yusuf al Qardawi laid his finger on the one of the most contentious issues in the north by questioning the absence of women. According to the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), Maulana Igsaan Hendricks, during his address Qardawi pointed out that he could not complete his talk since the women were absent.
“The sheik made a pointed reference to the absence of women in the mosque and said that while he as a Hanafi himself,understood some of the reasoning why women were not present in these mosques, he saw no reason why women had to be kept out. He pointed out that women in this society were given the freedom to join in business, work side by side with their men and travel freely. As such, he called upon the Hanafi ulema in the north not to restrict women from attending the mosques,” Hendricks told VOC (Voice of Cape) late on Friday evening.
He said while there were few women in attendance, those who were present highly appreciated the 84-year-old sheik’s call. “One of the young women approached us after dinner to express her gratitude for addressing a matter that lies very close to the heart of the women in this region.”
Hendricks said this was a very powerful message that came at the right time,given the increasingly public battles waged by women in mainly Gauteng and KZN to attend Hanafi dominated mosques. “Equally, we hope that women in Cape Town will make full use of the sheik’s public address, in particular Tuesday’s session at Masjidul Quds from 11 – 1pm,” he added.
Friday evening’s address comes after Qardawi earlier in the day briefly met with former president Nelson Mandela. On Saturday at 10.30am he will meet with the United Ulema Council of South Africa (Uucsa) before paying a visit to the offices of the Al Quds Foundation, since he serves as the president of the Al Quds Foundation International. He is expected to fly to Cape Town at 1pm on Sunday. VOC