Sunday, November 15, 2009

SA: Women Only Mosque

From Times Live (South Africa):
The Sandton Muslim Jamaat Mosque for women is the first of its kind in the country. Women worshippers now have a place to offer prayer adjacent to the men's mosque.

Rashid Mayet said they decided to build the mosque because of their large worship base.

He said people travelled from as far afield as Durban and Cape Town to attend the mosque.

"The ladies' facility will allow them to pray while their husbands and male family members are attending prayers at their mosque," said Mayet.

Construction started in January. The interior decor and landscaping was recently completed.

The building cost about R800000 and was funded with public and members' donations. Materials for the building were sourced locally.

The mosque accommodates about 30 women in the prayer room and includes a facility for babies.

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