A Muslim woman Imaan in Karela who lead the Jumma prayers at a mosque for the first time ever is facing a lot of heat by the community. The 34-year-old Imaam Jamitha said that she is facing death threats from fundamentalists who are claiming that she has defied the religion. Jamitha led the namaz in Malappuram in which she was attended by 50 people. She has already faced backlash for talking against the priest, instant triple talaq, and religious conversion.
The southern Indian state woman named Jamitha said:
I believe in the Qur’an and the Qur’an teaches equality between the sexes. All this discrimination against women is manmade, imposed by the male clergy and I want to change it.
Traditionally, all around the world, men lead the prayers of all time in the mosque. Women do not lead prayers in the mosque or at home for either men or women. But Jamida believes that Quran contains no injunction that only men lead prayers.
She actually belongs to a small sect called “Quran Sunnat” society; whose core belives relly completely and solely on Quran but not on hadith (statements and actions by our Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h). Majority of Muslims believe in Quran and hadith both. Jamitha, who is divorced and is a mother of two children further said:
“The Quran says all human beings are equal and anyone can lead prayers. The Quran is the basis of Islam, not the hadith, which were created by men after the prophet’s (PBUH) death. For 1,400 years, men have decided things, only men have made decisions. It is time for all that to change now. These are extremists who cannot tolerate any reform. I have had threats on WhatsApp, on YouTube, on Facebook, but I am not scared”
She leads prayer in a mosque after which the office of Quran Sunnat society where she works full-time, faced severe backlash for her act and received death threats from members of Muslim communities. While Abdul Rehman secretary of Jamait Islami Hind said in a media interview that the whole act by Jamida is a gimmick and staged drama whose sole purpose is to distract other Muslim to deviate from main problems. Muslim women in India are protesting against the centuries-old practices that they believe to be discriminatory. Upon which, Bharatiya Muslim, Mahila Andolan (BMMA) raised the voice against “triple talaq” which allows any man to utter three times the word “talaq” in complete consciousness and the divorce is done. Supreme court agreed to it and put a ban on it.