A 1,000 year-old Mosque Opened to Women

4/26/2016 3:33:25 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

For the first time in 1000 years, the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, also known as the Taj Juma Masjid, in Kerala, Kotayam has opened its doors to women.

The mosque is one of the oldest in India—dating back to the eight century—and is believed to have been constructed by Arabian religious preacher, Malik bin Dina. It is known for its latticed windows, intricate designs, and woodcarvings of Quran verses.

Board members came to a decision in the wake of Bombay's Haji Ali dargah controversy, where officials described entry into the shrine as a “grievous sin” for women. 

“This is a 1,000-year-old mosque. Our women had not seen it so far and had a great desire to visit the holy place,” Nawab Mulladom, President of the mosque committee, said.

The Taj Juma Masjid will permit women to go inside twice a year, on April 24 and May 8. It has already received thousands of visitors, as Muslim women flocked to the place of worship.

The mosque was not opened for “any celebrations or for offering prayers. It was only to allow women to see the place,” added Mulladom.

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