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  • Media Circus: Woman leads prayers in Canada

    Woman leads Islamic prayers in mosque, a first for
    Canada


    By JEN GERSON

    Saturday, July 2, 2005 Page A9

    Friday prayers were conducted by a woman in a mosque
    for the first time in Canadian history yesterday, a
    move many liberal Muslims are hoping will open the
    door to greater equality between the sexes in the
    Islamic community.

    But some are calling the event media circus used to
    denounce conservative Muslims.

    About 100 people sat on the floor of the United Muslim
    Association mosque in North Etobicoke as Pamela
    Taylor, co-chair of the New York-based Progressive
    Muslim Union, led the mixed-gender congregation in
    prayers and offered a sermon on the importance of
    equality between races, genders, sexual orientations
    and persons with disabilities.

    "Canada is the Islamic ideal," said Ms. Taylor, 40,
    who has been a Muslim for 19 years. She said Canada's
    lack of "imperialistic escapades" could allow its
    people to act as the conscience of the Muslim world
    and to speak out against the oppression of repressive
    regimes.


    The organizers of the event chose Ms. Taylor, a U.S.
    citizen who has a divinity degree from Harvard
    University and took East Asian studies at the
    University of British Columbia, to lead the prayers.

    Last November, Maryam Mirza, a York University
    student, delivered part of the sermon marking the end
    of Ramadan at the liberal UMA mosque.

    She did not, however, lead the prayers.

    The first Canadian woman to lead a mixed-congregation
    in prayer was Raheel Raza.

    She led the prayers in April, but said the
    congregation was so hounded by those opposed to the
    prospect of having a woman lead prayers that they were
    held in a back yard in Cabbagetown.

    "My reaction [to yesterday's prayers] can only be
    positive," Ms. Raza said.

    But Mohamed Elmasry, national president of the
    Canadian Islamic Council, said while the UMA is free
    to have whomever it chooses to lead its prayers, it's
    a fringe group.

    "This is a non-issue for Canadian Muslims and must be
    ignored by the community," he said. "It usually
    becomes a media circus and an opportunity to label
    Muslims."

    The issue of women-led prayers is one of tradition,
    not sexism, he said. Women are free to give talks and
    lectures but, traditionally, men lead the prayers and
    most practising Muslims in Canada respect that, he
    added.

    Not everyone present was impressed by Ms. Taylor's
    performance.

    Ehab Lotayef, a native Arabic speaker, said Ms.
    Taylor's recitation of Arabic during the prayers was
    poor and her message during the sermon was unoriginal.


    "I don't have a problem women leading prayer," he
    said. But "many things were pushed beyond the envelope
    in order to have the principle met.

    "There was nothing explosive in what she said."

    Tarek Fatah, spokesman for the Muslim Canadian
    Congress, said by allowing a woman to lead prayers,
    the UMA mosque is not trying to impinge upon how other
    mosques choose to worship.

    "Nowhere in the Koran is it prohibited for women to
    lead the prayers," he said. "I am tired of people who
    are dragging us backwards into history."

    Rumoured pickets by conservative Muslims failed to
    materialize during the afternoon.

    Mr. Fatah said he and the congregation would not be
    intimidated by threats, and should not be judged by
    any other congregation.

    "If Muslim men are scared of having women as imams,
    they need to examine their own misogyny," he said.

  • #2
    :lahawla:

    You'd think the ummah already has enough to deal with without these feminist trying to change the teachings of Islam.

    I'm a woman, and i still fail to see what is so significance about women being all liberal and thinking that they are being oppressed by not being allowed to be a gorvener in a masjid board or leading men in prayers. Wal Audhu BilLah.

    Next thing they'd be complaining about is "Oh why do we have to be pregnant why can't men be pregnant too" I wouldn't put it past them.

    Allah Ta'alaa designed our roles for us, and He would never be unjust to any of his slaves. Subhan Allah!

    Have we strayed so far from the teachings of the Prophet :saw: that we make a mockery out of our own deen?

    Walaahi i can't imagine how it would be standing before Allah Ta'alaa answering for our deeds. May Allah forgive us all.
    O our Lord, pour out on us patience, and make us die as those who have submitted (to You). (A-RAAF: 126)
    With steadfastness, Paradise is earned!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Supernova Nebula
      Woman leads Islamic prayers in mosque, a first for
      Canada

      Ehab Lotayef, a native Arabic speaker, said Ms.
      Taylor's recitation of Arabic during the prayers was
      poor and her message during the sermon was unoriginal.


      "I don't have a problem women leading prayer," he
      said. But "many things were pushed beyond the envelope
      in order to have the principle met.

      "There was nothing explosive in what she said."
      No problem in her leading the prayer, khutback lacked originality, and man her Arabic sucked.

      Ehab, do me a favour and implode.
      If someone praises one of them (the believer), he says, "I know myself better than others [know me], and my Lord is more knowledgeable of me than myself. O Allah! Do not take me to task for what they say, and make me better than what they think of me, and forgive me for those sins which they are unaware of."

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      • #4
        Thank you Amina Wadud!

        "That they may bear their burdens undiminished on the Day of Resurrection, with somewhat of the burdens of those whom they mislead without knowledge. Alas! evil is that which they bear!" [16:25]
        Please Re-update your Signature

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Khadhijah
          :lahawla:

          You'd think the ummah already has enough to deal with without these feminist trying to change the teachings of Islam.

          I'm a woman, and i still fail to see what is so significance about women being all liberal and thinking that they are being oppressed by not being allowed to be a gorvener in a masjid board or leading men in prayers. Wal Audhu BilLah.

          Next thing they'd be complaining about is "Oh why do we have to be pregnant why can't men be pregnant too" I wouldn't put it past them.

          Allah Ta'alaa designed our roles for us, and He would never be unjust to any of his slaves. Subhan Allah!

          Have we strayed so far from the teachings of the Prophet :saw: that we make a mockery out of our own deen?

          Walaahi i can't imagine how it would be standing before Allah Ta'alaa answering for our deeds. May Allah forgive us all.
          very well said sister jazakallah
          .: Anna :.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Khadhijah
            :lahawla:

            You'd think the ummah already has enough to deal with without these feminist trying to change the teachings of Islam.

            I'm a woman, and i still fail to see what is so significance about women being all liberal and thinking that they are being oppressed by not being allowed to be a gorvener in a masjid board or leading men in prayers. Wal Audhu BilLah.

            Next thing they'd be complaining about is "Oh why do we have to be pregnant why can't men be pregnant too" I wouldn't put it past them.

            Allah Ta'alaa designed our roles for us, and He would never be unjust to any of his slaves. Subhan Allah!

            Have we strayed so far from the teachings of the Prophet :saw: that we make a mockery out of our own deen?

            Walaahi i can't imagine how it would be standing before Allah Ta'alaa answering for our deeds. May Allah forgive us all.
            Asalamualaikum

            Ameen sis:)Ameen

            Wa'alaikumasalam

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            • #7
              PMU is the Canadian branch of MWU so it's not surprising....tell you what...let's ignore them and they will get bored and will start a new game

              what hurts is that Pamela Taylor looks like a nice lady...Amina Wadud also looked like a nice lady but i found out about the stupid stuff she said in Malaysia and now i really despise her but Pamela Taylor looks kind...misguided Muslimah...not evil....that's my impression which might be wrong (as always mostly)
              My toughest fight was with my first wife.

              Muhammad Ali Clay

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              • #8
                no goofy remarks yet?

                this thing about women leading the salat is too stupid to even comment on

                the only people who would remotely subscribe to such nonsense are nothing more that agents provocatours who are trying to add to confusion within the minds of muslims and portray islam in a bad light

                can you imagine sisters leading salat? standing shoulder to shoulder, foot to foot with brothers?

                how can you lower your gaze and you have a sister's butt in your face

                this is truly too stupid of an issue for us to deal with, let her do her thing, the more we discuss it, the more attention it gets, no need to protest

                one thing i realized about a lot of these new groups, their followers usually start off within the nonsense, and in time, Allah guides them towards islam

                it was like this with the Ansarullah movement in brooklyn, the elijiah muhammad nonsense, and even a lot of sufi movements

                after some time, people who follow these idiots eventually realize that they are not practicing islam and come to islam
                .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
                نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
                دولة الإسلامية باقية





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                • #9
                  Asalamualaikum

                  like brother Malcolm X:) Good post brother:D, i'll take ur advice and let Allah take care of it all:up: He guides whom ever He pleases, and whatever my Lord wants

                  I want:)

                  Wa'alaikumasalam

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                  • #10
                    yeah thats true... may Allah guide them 2 practise Islam properly according 2 Quran and Sunnah :)
                    .: Anna :.

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