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Saturday, November 28, 2009

‘Maulanas and not Shariat kept women indoors’

Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, Nov 28: Participating for the first time in a mass prayer on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha, 19-year-old Ramiza Begum said: “Shariat does not restrict women to come to the Masjid to pray. It is, but, the command of orthodox maulanas and moulvis which has kept women indoors.”
Tajun Nessha (42), a school teacher expressed her happiness to Maulana Md Udayur Rahman for showing a liberal attitude and allowing women to take part in the congregational prayer. Another woman, Fatima Bibi (36), who is a nurse said: “It is time women broke the shackles of the four walls and competed with men for  socio-economic rights for their own betterment and  society.”
Maulana Md Udayur Rahman who conducted the holy prayer in his massage on the occasion said: “Islam does not preach violence. It is lack of education which has been responsible for crime among the under-privileged  and deprived sections of Muslims people.”

He said that he was in favour of women to attend Mosques, not necessarily in a burqua, but with shawls or a chadar covering their head and chest.

Nearly 75 women participated in the mass prayer though they sat separately from the men today at Arcattipore A-Hula-Hadis Masjid, located 10 kms from here.

Muslims of Barak Valley around the world celebrated Eid with all allegiance, sincerity and devotion to Allah. Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr Eid is the greatest festival of Islam. It is known as the festival of sacrifices with deep spiritual significance, pointed out Shabbir Ahmed, a teacher.

Ahmed added, the Quran says that neither the flesh of animals sacrificed nor their blood reaches Allah. It is only the spirit of righteousness of the person that reaches Him.

The Quran also says that animal sacrifice would protect man from the fire of hell.

The festival continues for three days and congregational prayers are offered on the first day. Haj pilgrimage, Ahmed says, is undertaken on this occasion and Eid coincides with the last day of Haj when pilgrims offer animals sacrifices in the valley of Mina.

The annual Haj and Eid are associated with the memories of Prophet Ibrahim, the builder of Kabah and friend of Allah, Ahmed informed this correspondent. Prophet Ibrahim is the common ancestor of the Jews, Christians and the Muslims but, it is only Islam that has prescribed the ritual of sacrifice for its followers, Ahmed said. THE SENTINEL

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