Earth & Conservation

Women Are Now Allowed to Visit This Ancient Mosque

On Sunday, women were permitted to enter Thazhathangady Juma Masjid Mosque for the first time.

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The Thazhathangady Juma Masjid mosque is approximately 1,000 years old, believed to be one of the oldest Sunni mosques in India. It's famous for its intricate architecture and Arab-style carvings, but for its entire existence, only men have been allowed inside the mosque ... until Sunday April 23rd.

Under pressure from the mosque committee from various groups of women, mosque officials agreed to let women enter on Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm, 1 to 3:30 pm and 4:30 to 6pm, in between prayer times, reported The News Minute.

Women will be allowed to enter Juma Masjid again on Sunday May 8. But, as with the initial visit on Sunday, there are heavy restrictions.

Only women who are properly dressed and who are not menstruating may enter the mosque. They must have Allah on their mind during the entire time there, but they must not consider the visit a time of celebration or worship. It is a visit only.

Watch this video below from Times of India for more on the story.

Top Photo: Thazhathangady Juma Masjid mosque in Kottayam district, India.