Inside Mustafa Center Mosque in Annandale, Virginia

Pictures from my first visit to the Mustafa Center in Annandale, Va.

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I went in the morning around 9am and no one was there. I went up the steps to what I assumed to be the front wooden doors and found them locked. I did not see any signs posted regarding operating hours or labeling the entrances. A friend later told me that the wooden doors are generally regarded as the “men’s entrance” and the side door as the “women’s entrance.” For a newbie to the mosque, there was no way for me to know that so I waited outside for awhile until a family arrived and went in the side doors, which were open.


Suhaib Webb | Women in Mosques, Sexuality, & Negotiating Faith and Community

Three segments of a panel discussion at MPAC’s 2010 Annual Convention with Imam Suhaib Webb supporting the right of women to have equal and dignified space in mosques as “women are not living a dignified religious existence in our communities,”  as well as the Muslim community’s hang-ups in dealing with issues of sexuality, and the need to allow individuals to negotiate their faith.

Selected Quotes

“Women in our community are taking Prozac because they’re looking at a wall their whole lives and are told they are part of a community…”

“I’m encountering converts who are not dissatisfied from a point of theology and worship but they’re dissatisfied from a point of community…”

“I’m lonely in the mosques…”

To see the official video from the MPAC Convention, click here: The State of our Umma (Community)” Facing our Challenges


Asma Uddin & Aman Ali | Why Women Don’t Go to Mosques

Portions of a panel discussion by Asma Uddin and Aman Ali at the 2010 MPAC Annual Convention revolving around the issue of women’s prayer spaces in mosques.

To see the official video from the MPAC Convention, click here: The State of our Umma (Community)” Facing our Challenges