In response to the affidavit filed by a Maharashtra-based Muslim couple demanding women to be allowed to worship in all mosques, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Wednesday made its submission in Supreme Court. The submission stated that the entry of women into mosques to offer prayers, as per Islamic texts, is permitted and that any fatwa barring the entry of women may be ignored.
A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde dealing with legal and constitutional issues relating to discrimination against women in various religions will consider the submission within 10 days. The same bench will also be hearing the entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. “A Muslim woman is free to enter Masjid for prayers. It is her option to exercise her right to avail such facilities as available for prayers in Masjid,” read the submission. Talking on the issue, Mohammed Fazlurrahim, Secretary of AIMPLB said that AIMPLB does not want to comment on any contrary religious opinion to this effect.
The petition by Maharashtra-based Muslim couple Yasmeen Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and her husband Zuber Ahmad Nazir Ahmad Peerzade contended that “there is nothing in the Quran and the Hadith that requires gender segregation” and added that “the act of prohibition of females from entering Mosque is void and unconstitutional as such practices are not only repugnant to the basic dignity of a woman as an individual but also violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution”.