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MUNA’s Masjid Development Initiative is dedicated to working with masjid leaders and Muslim experts to help grow and strengthen masjids by providing practical solutions for the issues facing masjids. Our goals are (1) to produce relevant written/video materials such manuals, guidelines, policies and best practices which will provide a blueprint for a high-functioning masjid, (2) to provide and facilitate training, workshops and educational programs for masjids.
In the name of Allah Most Compassionate Most Merciful
We, the undersigned Muslim scholars, leaders, organizations and concerned Muslims, voice our strong commitment to uphold and realize the Prophetic ideal of masjids being open and inclusive of women. Striving to realize the Prophetic model, we call upon all masjids to ensure that (1) women are welcomed as an integral part of masjids and encouraged to attend, (2) women have a prayer space in the main musalla which is behind the lines of men but not behind a full barrier that disconnects women from the main musalla and prevents them from seeing the imam; and (3) women actively participate in the decision-making process of the masjid, best realized by having women on the governing bodies of masjids.
The defining principle underlying this call is Allah’s description of the ideal relationship of men and women in the Muslim community: