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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.

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The first Women's Mosque of America held its inaugural prayer service this past Friday in Los Angeles. It was reportedly the first all-women jummah service in North America.

Alexa Pilato

The mosque aims to provide women-led jummah prayer for "women and children (including boys 12 and under) once a month in Southern California."

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.

This is what creating safe spaces within a community looks like. #WomensMosque

Seelai Karzai@seelaikarzaiFollow

This is what creating safe spaces within a community looks like. #WomensMosque

5:49 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A #WomensMosque is a great way for Muslim women to build strong ties in community & focus on topics often overlooked in mixed gender mosques

Halema (ر)@_HalemaWFollow

A #WomensMosque is a great way for Muslim women to build strong ties in community & focus on topics often overlooked in mixed gender mosques

9:05 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

No Hijab? No problem. Love that @WomensMosque is creating a safe space for sisters. #WomensMosque #muslim #islam

Asiah Kelley@asiahkelleyFollow

No Hijab? No problem. Love that @WomensMosque is creating a safe space for sisters. #WomensMosque #muslim #islam

11:52 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Male press was just asked to leave the prayer space. No policing of sister's attire either. #safespace #WomensMosque #Islam @WomensMosque

Travina Springer@TravinaSpringerFollow

Male press was just asked to leave the prayer space. No policing of sister's attire either. #safespace #WomensMosque #Islam @WomensMosque

4:04 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Others discussed their poor experiences with male leadership at other mosques.

@womensmosque Once I went to a mosque for #juma & was told the place was for men only. So I prayed outside on the sidewalk. No #SideEntrance

Urz Heer@urzheerFollow

@womensmosque Once I went to a mosque for #juma & was told the place was for men only. So I prayed outside on the sidewalk. No #SideEntrance

10:26 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Catch me tweeting about the epic @WomensMosque every day. If I had this kind of space growing up in NYC, life would have been a lot easier.

Seelai Karzai@seelaikarzaiFollow

Catch me tweeting about the epic @WomensMosque every day. If I had this kind of space growing up in NYC, life would have been a lot easier.

12:58 AM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@The_Anecdoubtal @aliabuel @nashwakay @WomensMosque It was inspiring & reminded me of what Ive faced thru the years, hw much we hold back

Marium F. Mohiuddin@praccaFollow

@The_Anecdoubtal @aliabuel @nashwakay @WomensMosque It was inspiring & reminded me of what Ive faced thru the years, hw much we hold back

10:19 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And some men came to realize what it meant to feel left out.

After reading the FAQs @WomensMosque, I feel both proud and sadly left out. Probably the same way women have felt for years. #WomensMosque

Sam Pierstorff@sampierstorffFollow

After reading the FAQs @WomensMosque, I feel both proud and sadly left out. Probably the same way women have felt for years. #WomensMosque

12:56 AM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's time that women are finally seen by their Imams. First ever @WomensMosque launching today in LA (via @WSJ) http://t.co/YdM427eYnj

Amin G. Aaser@AminAaserFollow

It's time that women are finally seen by their Imams. First ever @WomensMosque launching today in LA (via @WSJ) http://t.co/YdM427eYnj

4:28 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Many of the attendants noted how emotional and moving the prayer service was.

Am in tears listening to woman giving azaan at first women's mosque jummah today. Wish Mom was here.

Taz Ahmed@TazzyStarFollow

Am in tears listening to woman giving azaan at first women's mosque jummah today. Wish Mom was here.

5:21 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

"I left @WomensMosque on Friday afternoon with goosebumps that till now have not gone away." http://t.co/AOOxwYv1Ax

Coming of Faith@ComingofFaithFollow

"I left @WomensMosque on Friday afternoon with goosebumps that till now have not gone away." http://t.co/AOOxwYv1Ax

10:01 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

So much baraka, sakina & ihsan at #WomensMosque! 1st time in my life I felt my heart soften to tears during a khutba & communal prayer, alh.

Ayesha Mattu@Ayesha_MattuFollow

So much baraka, sakina & ihsan at #WomensMosque! 1st time in my life I felt my heart soften to tears during a khutba & communal prayer, alh.

5:20 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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So moving. ALL mosques, all homes of God should be like this - spaces of comfort & love for all. @asiahkelley @WomensMosque @seelaikarzai

Orbala@qrratugaiFollow

So moving. ALL mosques, all homes of God should be like this - spaces of comfort & love for all. @asiahkelley @WomensMosque @seelaikarzai

2:05 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@urzheer @HindMakki This is really beautiful. I hope we can make this in2 the norm world wide. Women deserve a welcoming place to pray

Sadiyah Ahmed@SadiyahAhmedFollow

@urzheer @HindMakki This is really beautiful. I hope we can make this in2 the norm world wide. Women deserve a welcoming place to pray

9:36 PM - 30 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

Alexa Pilato

Follow the Women's Mosque of America on Twitter and visit its website for more information on the next prayer service.

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.