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Added on : 2019-04-15 20:41:30

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday pleading that Muslim women be allowed to enter and offer namaz inside mosques. The case has been listed for hearing tomorrow. The petition filed by Yasmeej Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and Zuber Ahmed Peerzade, residents of Maharashtra, was inspired by the top court's verdict on the Sabarimala temple last year. They have also opposed gender segregation at mosques.

According to the petition, prohibiting women from entering mosques is illegal and unconstitutional. It also cited records to claim that neither Prophet Muhammad nor the Holy Quran objects to women accessing mosques and offering prayer. "The Quran does not differentiate between man and woman. It speaks only about the faithful. But Islam has instead become a religion in which women are being oppressed," the petition read.

At present, women are allowed to offer prayers only under mosques coming under the Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid denominations and barred from those under the predominant Sunni faction. Even mosques that permit women have separate entrances and enclosures for either gender.

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