The head of an influential Muslim body in Madras, Badar Sayed, says the campaign is a retrograde step.
"We'll sit in our own corner and pass judgments, but where do we meet? Who will play the arbitrator?
"We need to fight alongside people. We can't just separate ourselves and put the clock back 100 years."
put the clock back? what is he talking about? women were not allowed in mosques a hundred years ago.
posted by michelle:
Then some other woman who ISN'T menstruating can lead the prayer. Can a mosque only have one Imam?
michelle, that's one suggestion. the other is that these men obviously need to learn that menstruating isn't a dirty disease.
and i'm pretty sure a mosque can have more than one imam. i've never been asked that question before, but now that i think about it, i recall hearing different voices doing the city-wide prayer call at the different prayer times from the mosque that was closest to my house in the UAE. i remember because my mum and i would often comment how strong and loud one imam's voice was, and how weak the other's was. so, that mosque had at least 2 imams.
i hope the women of tamil nadu have much success in their endeavor. i am so pleased for them that they are doing this. that's where my grandma is from. my mum used to tell me that at one point, a woman wasn't allowed to bathe when she was menstruating because she was unclean and unholy during this time, and other people would have to use the bathroom too. i wonder if this silly rule is still enforced anywhere.