Powerful Images From The First Prayer At The Women's Mosque Of America
Last Friday's service has been called the first of its kind in America.
The mosque came in response to the complaints of many Muslim American women, who often face segregated, poorly maintained prayer areas and limited access to leadership.
The mosque was praised on Twitter for its focus on community-building and its open-minded dress code.
Others discussed their poor experiences with male leadership at other mosques.
And some men came to realize what it meant to feel left out.
The mosque, which takes some inspiration from women's mosques in China, is run by co-presidents M. Hasna Maznavi and Sana Muttalib. It currently operates out of an interfaith center.
The prayer service and lecture was led by Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Many of the attendants noted how emotional and moving the prayer service was.
There was a reflection circle after prayer as well.
Though there has been only one service at the mosque, there are plans for another in February. The mosque also plans to provide classes and programming with the aim of advancing female leadership and perspectives on Islam.
The founder and co-president of the Women's Mosque of America is M. Hasna Maznavi. Sana Mutallib is co-president. A previous version of this article improperly attributed Maznavi's and Mutallib's names and titles.