Opportunity for Women

In this first episode of Season 2, Rayyan points out that perhaps she should do the Community Announcements since Baber is hurt. Amaar tells her that the idea of a woman standing up to do that would not go over well with the men.

I suppose it depends on the size of the Mosque. If it’s a small Mosque with a few members then it wouldn’t be a big deal if one of the sisters came up every week to do Announcements. But if it’s a larger Mosque, perhaps the ladies may feel uncomfortable. Also, the women in larger Mosques usually have their own sections in the Mosque where they can do their Announcements. 

Does your Mosque have women coming up to do Community Announcements? What would the reaction of the masses be?

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7 responses to “Opportunity for Women

  1. Tom

    Well Rayyan was saying that they used to do such things in the time of the Prophet (PBUH) so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

  2. Riaz

    Yes, but in the time of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) the women were probably more modestly dressed? So, it was a non-issue? The women and men prayed together didn’t they? But once they are segregated, then it becomes an issue.

  3. Community announcements is what bulletin boards are for. 😉 Seriously, at my masajid (I attend several), community announcements are never made publicly; this is done with smaller Muslim communities who don’t have a well developed communications infrastructure. Where I currently live, community announcements are made through more traditional media: TV, newspapers, the Internet, etc. Masjid-specific announcements are put up on bulletin boards/white boards, often in multiple languages.

    In the past, when community announcements were made in the masjid, a man would make the announcement.

  4. I think it’s funny that people in the West are all upset about the prospect of a woman giving out announcements. Don’t they work with women and have to hear various announcements all the time? Most of the women I see at the masjid are very modestly dressed, so I don’t think that’s the issue.

  5. Nutty

    Not a Muslim here but the argument that women used to this, that or the other thing is one that could be made with the Catholics but it doesn’t seem to change any minds. Back in the early church women were the lectors of mass since it was most often held in a home and since the women worked in the home and men outside it only made sense. Using that argument now never seems to work, I think it has to do with do the men want their minds changed or not? Then again I think that is the case for any argument, if you don’t want to change your mind, no matter the amount of logic someone uses to sway you, you will ignore it and never change.

  6. Nutty you’re so right. People will always find some tangential reason why things “back then” are different than now and therefore, men should still rule ;).

  7. I don’t see anything wrong with a woman standing in front of men to do announcements. The whole concept of women being behind men is for the purpose of prayer – so that a whole bunch of women aren’t bending over in front of a whole bunch of men…

    Personally, I would not want to walk through a group of brothers and get up in front of them to do announcements. I would prefer that another brother did it if the typical announcer was unavailable. Either way, I don’t think it’s haram for women to do it. And regarding her clothing, men are supposed to lower their gazes so that shouldn’t be a problem right?

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