In a bid to provide women the opportunity to attend ‘Tarawih’, a special prayer performed at the mosque during the month of Ramadan (month of special prayers and recitation of the Holy Quran).
The Khanquah Munemia and Masjid, the famous Sufi center at Mitan Ghaat in Patna City locality is all set to create a special facility for the women and have already begun the preparations for the holy month starting from May 6.
As per the mosque authorities, there will be an exclusive area for Wazu (a kind of ritualistic purification or ablution before the formal prayers which is an important part of ritual purification in Islam)
Also, the mosque is said to be different from various other mosques in the state capital in several ways. Tombs of Sufi saints and scholars, Mulla Mitan and Hazrat Makhdoom Munem Pak resides in the mosque. The mosque is also famous worldwide for its huge collection of manuscripts and books on Sufism attracting a large number of visitors of different faith and religions. The mosque also attracts non-Muslim devotees in large numbers.
Hazrat Syed Shah Shamimuddin Ahmad Munemi, Sajjada Nashin (administrative head) of the Khanquah, said, “In the coming months, this Khanquah will turn into a University on Sufism. We have a plan to promote harmony between communities and also highlight the shared culture of this country through this Sufi study center. At the same time, we are also aware of the expectations and aspirations of women in our community and want them to feel what Islam has for them.”
On creating a special facility for women this Ramzan he added “We are planning to create this facility on the first floor of the mosque while the ground floor will be dedicated to men,” he said.
On the confusion that is there between people about women’s entry to the mosque among both believers and non-believers, he said: “We are planning to create this facility on the first floor of the mosque while the ground floor will be dedicated to men.”
To make the things more clear the Mitan Ghaat mosque, he said, has planned this special facility for women for the ‘Tarawih’. Any woman may attend it during the Ramzan.