Muslim Couple Seeks Top Court Order Allowing Women Into Mosques

Muslim Couple Seeks Top Court Order Allowing Women Into Mosques

Muslim Couple Seeks Top Court Order Allowing Women Into Mosques 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has been approached by a Muslim couple to seek an order allowing women to enter mosques and offer prayers. The case has been listed for hearing tomorrow.

Both residents of Maharashtra, Yasmeej Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and Zuber Ahmed Peerzade filed a petition and said that they were inspired by the top court's verdict on the Sabarimala temple last year. They have also opposed gender segregation at mosques.

According to the petition, prohibiting women from entering mosques is illegal, unconstitutional and "violative of Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 and 29 of the Constitution". It also cited records to claim that neither Prophet Muhammad nor the Holy Quran objects to women accessing mosques and offering prayer. "The Quran does not differentiate between man and woman. It speaks only about the faithful. But Islam has instead become a religion in which women are being oppressed," the petition read.

Right now, the women are allowed to offer prayers only under mosques coming under the Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid denominations and barred from those under the predominant Sunni faction. The mosques that permit women have separate entrances and enclosures for either gender.