Although the proposal was already rejected, so there’s no need to sign anything, I’m including this sample of some of the banners that were going around the internet in protest for a different reason;
Quite interesting way of putting already-existing reality into perspective, don’t you agree? I’m not religious, but I would have seriously hated to see this small area allocated to the female gender taken away from the women who are.
The proposal to shift the prayer area drew stiff criticism from Muslim women across the globe. In protest at the proposals, a petition had been posted at the www.petitiononline.com website, which has so far attracted over 1,000 signatures.
Aside from the fact that 1,000 signatures is really a very, very small number (and probably composed of a lot of men), it’s refreshing to hear that Muslim women protested.
Quick story of the day, an old lady friend of my mother’s went to perform the Hajj a few years ago. The rules of prayer and hajj state that a women must have her face and hands uncovered while performing these rituals. A mutawaa (religious policeman) was going around yelling at the women doing the hajj that year to cover their faces, so my mother’s friend refuses and tells him that covering the face is against the rules of hajj. What does he say? “Ghati o edba7i’, which translates to “Cover and sacrifice a sheep”. Sacrificing a sheep is a way to atone for mistakes that happened during hajj.