Lucknow in the past few years has become a city which can give stiff competition to the metropolitan cities. It has everything that a popular metropolis has and very soon it will have a Metro. However Lucknow’s culture has stood the tests of time and has emerged even more stronger. Perhaps that is why after witnessing an Eid where Shias and Sunnis offered namaz together, this time Lucknow sees another first. This year women will offer prayers at the Eidgah with the men on the day of Eid ul Fitr.
With changing times even different religions are changing the archaic beliefs to make things more accommodating in nature. This interesting development in Shaan – e Awadh comes at a time when there has been a massive debate on whether women should be allowed inside religious sites.
Islam strictly forbids women’s entry into the mosque, and it always has, ever since perhaps its origin. Lucknow’s famous Eidgah Aishbagh will, for the first time, open its doors for women.
Women will read the Eid-ul-Fitr namaz to celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramazan. Activist Trupti Desai has been toiling hard to bring about change. It all started when some women entered the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra. There has also been a push for women’s entry into Haji Ali
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli- the Imam of the Eidgah speaking to the media of the move has been positive.
It is a decision hailed by women activists.
A separate enclosure is being readied to accommodate more than 500 women if they do turn up.
Welcoming the move, Former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq told mediapersons it is very important to talk about the social inclusion of women into the mainstream.