Changing times? 1000-year old mosque allows Women

Kottayam, April 26: The 1000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangady here, famous for its rich architecture and wood carvings, has thrown open its doors for Muslim women in Kerala and yesterday women were allowed to enter the mosque to appreciate the design of the mosque.

Thousands of Muslim women, including tourists, from various part of the country and even abroad visited the mosque.

As the demand for allowing women at places of worship is gaining the board decided to implement the same here.

Nawab Mulladom, president of the mosque committee said that the mosque is 1000 yeaar old and since then women have only desired to visit the place. So the mosque committee decided to allow women to visit it on April 24 and May 8 and will only allow women to see the place, but not for any celebration or for offering prayer, adding that the, men were asked to leave the mosque before the women were allowed in.

Many Muslim women visited the mosque in their traditional attire during the visit.

Fathima, one of the lady to visit holy place, said that she always wanted to enter and worship in the mosque but could not do so.

She added that she is happy now as she was allowed in the mosque.

The Juma Masjid is a mosque situated at Thazhathangady, on the banks of the Meenachil river, in Kottayam town.

The mosque is famous for its rich architecture, wood carvings and beauty and is also considered the oldest in India, widely known as the ‘Taj Juma Masjid’.

The mosque has an square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof, a traditional bathing area and lovely latticed windows, making it resemble a king’s palace.

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