Our intention is to create a place of worship for communities founded on the principles of the Prophets Mosque in Medina. A space for the community demonstrating how women can lead and be included in places of worship, impacting positively on their families and communities. We want a space that is fully accessible to all communities (Muslims and non Muslims) and welcome all schools of thought. A safe space for women and a centre for learning and promoting shared values.
The mosque will be based on the principles of openness, inclusivity, social justice and sanctuary.
Sadly, the alienation that women feel has profound consequences for younger generations, who are taught that Islam treats both men and women as spiritual equals.
Our mosque is also unique in that it will be led by women and governed by women. Currently, no such structure exists anywhere in the UK to our knowledge.
Why Women Led Mosque?
Muslim women have been marginalised for many decades by mosques in the UK . This has led to a frustration amongst women who would like to be included in religious spaces. The marginalisation of women from UK mosques has far reaching consequences. Research carried out by MWC highlighted the need for women to engage in genuine critical scholarship which can grapple with challenges facing Muslims living in the UK and help to contextualise Islam for the 21st Century. This highlights a lack of scholarship amongst women. Our research has clearly highlighted a lack of female scholars, who are prepared to engage in public and cascade their knowledge.
Women want to feel spirituality when entering a mosque, not experience being ushered to the basement or a confined area but be allowed to pray in a congregation as many have experienced in countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
The Qur’an indicates women’s complete access and participation within the mosque. As Muslims, we consider the Qur’an as the word of God. It is in this precedence and authority, along with numerous examples throughout Islamic history which provides the greatest hope in the future of women’s participation in mosques.