Al Qaradawi criticises Muslims for imposing restrictions on women

April 25, 2010

Islamic scholar Yousuf Al Qaradawi has criticized Muslims who impose restrictions on women’s mosque attendance and called for lifting them.

“I was impressed during a recent trip to South Africa with its Muslim community’s commitment to Islamic rules as well as its unity, but it was the ban on women’s entry into mosques that drew my attention,” Al Qaradhawi said. “I told them that this was un-Islamic and they should stop it,” the scholar said.

The same tradition exists among Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the 84-year-old Qatar-based scholar said.

“I know that they have this practice because they follow the Abu Hanifa school of thought but they should know that time has changed. If Abu Hanifa himself were with us today, he would change his mind. It is unreasonable that women could now go to universities, markets and travel, but are not allowed to enter a mosque in some countries.”

Abu Hanifa allowed women to work as judges, Al Qaradawi said following his return from South Africa where he gave lectures and met former leader Nelson Mandela and gifted him some of his books.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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