So I went to the mosque for friday prayers and it was mostly men there

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A mosque has opened in my town recently so I thought I'd go and check it out as I have been interested in finding out more about islam too but I have to say I was surprised that it was about 98% men and really no women at all. To muslims here, is that the experience you have where you are? I just thought it would be more balanced.
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some have jobs to be at, some are house wives. i had a muslim neighbour and the mum didnt really go but she prayed and stuff at home, she had the islamic rug on the floor and everything. Her daughters went with the dad though.
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That's kinda the whole point. Same at my mosque..mainly men. It's men who are required to go to the Mosque. Women can come too if they want (but it's not required), but they tend not too..there's a separate section for them.
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Prayers are generally made in the mosque for men and women pray at home
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Prayers are generally made in the mosque for men and women pray at home
I see, so why is there quite a big women's section then? :/ does it get used much?
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I see, so why is there quite a big women's section then? :/ does it get used much?
What were you doing in the women's section...

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I see, so why is there quite a big women's section then? :/ does it get used much?
Might be because women don't know about the women section yet since it opened new. The mosques that have them do get a lot esp during Ramadan.
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I see, so why is there quite a big women's section then? :/ does it get used much?
when kids go to mosque the girls are usually in the women's department but women also use this area at funerals and taraweeh prayer (ramadan special prayer)
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Yep
There were once 4 women in the friday prayer near me, and the ground floor where the men pray, was crowded as hell
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(Original post by inquizitor23)
A mosque has opened in my town recently so I thought I'd go and check it out as I have been interested in finding out more about islam too but I have to say I was surprised that it was about 98% men and really no women at all. To muslims here, is that the experience you have where you are? I just thought it would be more balanced.
The women's section could be for a time when unexpectedly a lot of women come. Or it could be when it is busy during Ramadan..in my local Mosque...the women section is used frequently in Ramadan during the optional night prayers (Taraweeh). The section can also be used to host small events there.
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Yep
There were once 4 women in the friday prayer near me, and the ground floor where the men pray, was crowded as hell
that's interesting because when I've been researching islam there seems to have been many women praying there too at friday prayers etc yet when I went I felt a bit lonely :/ lol
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(Original post by inquizitor23)
that's interesting because when I've been researching islam there seems to have been many women praying there too at friday prayers etc yet when I went I felt a bit lonely :/ lol
Hahah it depends. like when its the holidays, there are more women. I mean like easter or other 2 weeks holiday, in the summer when its hot and 30 degrees nah they wont go!
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(Original post by sulaimanali)
The women's section could be for a time when unexpectedly a lot of women come. Or it could be when it is busy during Ramadan..in my local Mosque...the women section is used frequently in Ramadan during the optional night prayers (Taraweeh). The section can also be used to host small events there.
so many women only really pray there in ramadan?
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(Original post by inquizitor23)
that's interesting because when I've been researching islam there seems to have been many women praying there too at friday prayers etc yet when I went I felt a bit lonely :/ lol
It's a new Mosque so I'm not surprised. Should improve over time..
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so many women only really pray there in ramadan?
Well..not necessarily. I've observed in my Mosque that it's usually more busy during Ramadan than any other time.
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Hahah it depends. like when its the holidays, there are more women. I mean like easter or other 2 weeks holiday, in the summer when its hot and 30 degrees nah they wont go!
ah ok it's just different than I expected and just felt a strange vibe as there really were next to no women there but many men
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Women have a seperate prayer section. Praying at a mosque isnt exactly a socialising event like church on sunday.
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ah ok it's just different than I expected and just felt a strange vibe as there really were next to no women there but many men
How did you find the experience in general?
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ah ok it's just different than I expected and just felt a strange vibe as there really were next to no women there but many men
It's fine..don't worry..it should decrease over time.
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How did you find the experience in general?
good. I guess I just need to meet more people in the community etc see how it goes
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