|Published : 15 Apr 2017, 20:50:12|
Women led California mosque opens doors to all
BERKELEY, California: The second women led mosque in the United States held its inaugural service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is open to both genders, according to the Arab News.
The Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque “is a place for women to worship in the sanctuary, to not be hidden away in dank rooms,” said Rabi’a Keeble, founder of the Berkeley mosque, whose name means “heart of Mary” in Arabic.
Many mosques around the world admit men and women, but most segregate the genders.
At the Women’s Mosque of America in Los Angeles, male worshippers over the age of 12 are excluded, making the new Berkeley mosque the first of its kind in the country.
“We uplift the female, and just as the Prophet loved women, we must follow in his footsteps and love ourselves and each other,” she said.
Keeble is a 40-something convert from Christianity with a master’s degree in religious leadership from the Starr King School of Ministry, a seminary affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley which has donated space for the mosque.
(compiled by Rafiqul Islam)