Over the years, one of the things that I have written about is the growing trend of Muslims steering away from the masjids. Some of this I said is necessary due to the times that we are living in at the moment and what these locations will later be used for by the wider intelligence community.
I also mentioned that some of it is due to the fact that Muslims are starting to vote with their feet, particularly the ladies. If you will not give them their rightful place – not a sister’s section, but their rightful place in the masjid, praying behind the men as is the sunnah – then they are going to make their own decisions.
Out of these decisions will come deeds that are incorrect but based on a sound intention: we need a place to worship and learn. This has been coming for some time and now some of these affairs have surfaced above the ocean of “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West” propaganda that keeps being force-fed to the people.
Women have opened a masjid that is “ladies only” in Los Angeles, that great city of Lost and Fallen Angels in the United States. This was flagshipped in the United States by Asian women ( a strong resemblance to the original first franchise in India where feudalism has merged with religion).
Listening this morning to the Radio 4 feature on the topic, I chuckled ruefully when I heard a Muslim man blurt out during the broadcast, “This is really unfortunate. It would be the same thing as men opening a “masjid only for men,” who then abruptly fell silent upon realising the implication of his words. We also don’t know anymore about the location, (obviously so because some freak is likely to go on a shooting spree).
Yes, that’s right. There are men only masjids. Rivaling the Shriners, Elks, Oddfellows, Eagles, Eastern Star along with Scottish and York rite social networks, these old boy networks come snarling out of the ground of local Muslim communities and frown down upon the x chromosome carriers with disapproval. The “councils” or “charity commission committees” are interestingly devoid of any feminine content
(these groups are about as free and inclusive to female entrants as the Waffen SS was to ultra-Orthodox rabbis in the 1930s) and go out of their way to stay that way (obviously when sweeping and cooking need to be done, we as men must be on the look out for “sisters ready to lead!”).
The same principle I would hold for the fact that masjids have made it their business in some instances to not be as inclusive as they had been in the past. So what happens? People go out of their way to be offensive when highlighting these issues. Please keep in mind that feudalism is going to be further challenged in the future. This is the pre-shock to the real earthquake.
Now they are tasting from the bitter cup. We will see what fruits this will produce in the future. I am not happy with this situation, nor do I approve of it; but I do understand. I have mirror imaged the dire state of affairs in a previous article I have done and I believe that more is to come
Notice that the women have come with their children. Why didn’t they feel they could come come with their children to the place of worship of “the world’s fastest growing religion?”
The change that these women wanted is now mandatory. The upward mobility and needed reform that they required has now been done by them and them alone. The spiritual hospices are now left to pick up the pieces. These women (many of whom may have come out of a background where their opinions and contributions were highly valued in the business/educational fields to which they belonged) are no longer willing to wait for some change to occur. I would not be willing to wait either. It is too late to talk. Now the change has come.
Imam Abu Muhammad Al-Barbahari (d. 329 AH) said, “Beware of the small innovations, for they in turn lead to the large innovations.” Sharh us-Sunnah, pp. 25-26 (all Arabic text)
Do not wait too long before you see “youth masjids,” another demographic that is unwelcome at the local masjid. Talking is over. It is now action that is taking place. If you do not do something substantial about the situation, it is going to get worse.
And with Allah is every success.
Until next time.
Al-Hajj Abu Ja`far Al-Hanbali