Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015 on 2:23 pm

Further consultations for UK’s first women’s mosque

A women’s-only event is being held next week to open up discussions on what could become the UK’s first female-led mosque.

First Women Mosque UK

Bana Gora, CEO of the Muslim Women’s Council.

The Muslim Women’s Council will hold a consultation on the proposal to create the UK’s first centre of excellence in promoting Islamic education and scholarship for Muslim women.

The proposals come on the back of an audit carried out by the Bradford-based organisation on local mosques focussing on services provided to women.

First Women Mosque UK

Discussions underway.

Bana Gora, CEO at the Muslim Women’s Council, said: “Our results highlight that the majority of mosques follow a patriarchal model, poor access for women; women’s representation on governance structures was non-existent, on committees and boards, segregated spaces that are dated and unwelcoming.

“The alienation that women feel has profound consequences for younger generations who are taught that Islam treats both men and women as spiritual equals yet the practice within mosques contradicts the principles. In an era in which many young people feel that their faith is no longer relevant, or are going to extremes, we want to be able to provide a safe space for them to question, learn and grow whilst having an appreciation of their heritage as well as the opportunity to make informed choices relevant to the 21st Century.”

The event will be followed by a seminar on Ramadan, including a Q&A session, led by Dr Shuruq Naguib, a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Lancaster University, and co-chair of the British Association of Islamic Studies.

The event will be held on 14 June at the Carlisle Business Centre.

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