On 27th January petitioner Ziya Us Salam a leading journalist requested the apex court for impleadment in a plea that would allow women to enter mosques, stating that neither the Quran nor the Hadith prohibits the entry of Muslim women in the mosques.
In his petition, Ziya contended that while there is no explicit ban for women to enter mosques but, there is no separate entry for them or a separate area for ambulation. She states that such practices restrict women from entering the mosque and violates the tenets of the Quran and Hadith.
The petition drawn up by her lawyer Farooq Rasheed reads “That, neither the Quran nor the Hadith bars or prohibits the entry of Muslim women in mosques. In fact, in Quran at nearly 60 places, Allah asks both men and women to “establish” prayer, as opposed to merely offering prayer. Praying in isolation does not amount to establishing prayer,”
The petitioner seeks impleadment of the petition filed by Yasmeen Zuber Ahmad Peerzada and Zuber Ahmad Nazir Ahmad Peerzada, seeking a direction to permit Muslim women to enter the mosque to offer prayers.
The petitioner further sought to declare the customary tradition of denying women to enter the mosque as illegal and unconstitutional. The Supreme Court accepted the claim in light of the Sabarimala verdict.
On 13th January, a 9-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court said it would deal with the larger issue of whether courts can intervene in “particular religious practices” and hear a batch of pleas including those seeking entry of Muslim women in the mosque. The hearing is likely to start in the first week of February.