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Lucknow's Aishbagh Eidgah allows women to offer prayer; Trupti Desai calls it a 'historic beginning'
This year the festival of Eid al-Fitr became even more special for Lucknow's women as they were allowed to enter the city's famous Aishbagh Eidgah to offer namaz.
The Eidgah had a separate dedicated enclosure for women to offer prayer. The enclosure is big enough to accommodate 500 women.

The Imam of the Eidgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farani Mahli said, "A separate enclosure exclusively for women namazis was being put in place in Taiyab Hall of Eidgah for the Eid al-Fitr namaz to be held on Thursday morning."

Bhumata Brigade activist Trupti Desai welcomed the move taken by Aishbagh Eidgah on the occasion of Eid. She called it a very big change and a big historical beginning.

Desai said, "For the first time women were allowed to enter the mosques in Lucknow. The women are offering prayers there. It's a matter of great happiness. We had started the movement so that the Muslim women get this right. We want equality in temples, mosques and Dargah. This is a very big change. It will be a very big historical beginning," as reported by Indian Express.

Zakia Soman, co-founder of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), termed the move as 'very progressive' but with a caveat. She said, "It is ironic because the Quran nowhere states that women should be barred from entering mosques or offering prayers."

However, she was irritated with the concept of making separate enclosure for women. 

"Why don't they hand over the control of mosques to women and make separate enclosures for men? If women are comfortable with praying in the same space as men, then let them be. Those who wish to worship separately can do so in the enclosure, but why make it binding?" questioned Zakia.

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