Masjid in Afourer, MoroccoPosted: April 29, 2010
The women’s space for this masjid is on the second floor, of course there is no elevator and the washroom is actually one more flight of stairs up, on the roof. Climbing the steps, it struck me that not only is it unfortunate that this setup excludes women with disabilities, but I thought of all the older women who are no longer tied down with young children (like I still am alhumdiAllah) and may now want to go to the masjid to pray in peace or go to jummah to learn more about there religion, but are physically unable to because of the steps.
Initially I felt very happy about the space. The sheep skins make prayer much more comfortable on the hard floors and the fan was a nice surprise. But then I saw the main space–the men’s side. It is so beautiful masha Allah. Why can’t that be extended to the women? Why aren’t we worthy of that kind of beauty in our prayer space? And when I stood in the doorway to take the picture I got barked at for “standing in the men’s space”–blocking the doorway. SubhanAllah. I really felt like a second class citizen in that moment, if that.