Segregation of Women in Islam: Separate Venue, Not Value

“Separate venue, not value. Separate halls or marquees for women and for men, but the values are the same and the separate place has nothing to do with their teaching, their skills, their potential.”

‘Our women feel that, according to our teaching, if they hold their meetings separately and without the umbrella or shadow of men, they can do better.’

‘It is the duty of every Muslim man and woman to seek knowledge.’ (Ibni Majah)

‘We do not deny the rights of women to get (an) education. If a woman is educated, she is an engineer, or a doctor or a lawyer, or a teacher or any other profession. They do go outside and do perform their duties and do their jobs…We believe that women can flourish better without the shade of men. So if they are separate, they are free to grow. You see, if you plant a small tree under a big tree, it cannot grow…’

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