January 29, 2018:
Jamida K. became the first Indian Muslim woman Imam to do so. Namaz led by Women Imam Pic by twitter
Breaking centuries of Shariat convention, a Muslim woman led the jumma prayers at a remote village in Kerala’s Malappuram district.
Jamida K., popularly known as ‘Jamida Teacher’, became first Indian Muslim woman Imam to lead jumma prayers at Cherukode village, near Wandoor, on Friday.
Aware of impact
Ms Jamida stated that,“I did it knowing well the consequences it is going to have”.
She led the prayers for a mixed group of around 50 men and women at Central Committee Office of Quran Sunnath Society.
Movement was set up by Chekannur Moulavi, a Radical Muslim scholar, who disappeared in 1993 and is believed to have been murdered by orthodox elements.
Equality in religion
She added that,“We follow the Koran. It addresses humankind as men and women, and does not discriminate between them. Both men and women have an equal role in religion”.
She said her group had challenged a male-dominant religious practice followed for over 1,400 years. We will continue the practice of women leading prayers when it meets our convenience.
Though a first for India, scholarly Muslim women Imams, such as Ghazala Anwar and Amina Wadud, have led jumma prayers in New York as early as 1999.
Though no religious group or scholar has reacted to the event so far, Ms. Jamida has faced a barrage of criticism on social media and even threats.
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