Containing COVID-19 is Not An Excuse For Sexism – Ms. Magazine

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To slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S., mosques—like other houses of worship—have adhered to Centers for Disease Control protocols and made the difficult decision to limit prayer services.  

In Dallas, the recent DFW Imam Advisory describes three levels of restricted activity: The lowest level of restriction prohibits specific people from entering the mosque including those older than 60 or younger than 12; those with health issues, symptoms of illness, and anyone who has traveled in the last 14 days.

And, all women.

“Gender-based discrimination in mosques is nothing new,” Karmally writes.
Pictured: Protesters against the ban on women entering the Haji Ali Daragh mosque in Mumbai, India, on April 28, 2016. (The Atlantic / Twitter)

For decades, as a Muslim woman, I have been directed to pray in side rooms, back rooms, up fire escapes, in windowless…

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