My dear Muslims, Rumi would be so sad today…to see so much separation.
Islam really is a beautiful religion, but the traditions are outdated in many ways.
I went to a mosque the other day for my father in law to pray as it is part of the services of funerals. I expected it to be a beautiful experience.
But unfortunately it was not. I understand why they separate women and men, while bending down on the ground praying, almost doing sun salutations.
But as someone with a unity consciousness it was very hard for me to be there. In both mosques I went to that day, women were high up above men in a totally separate balcony behind a glass box or railing.
Women were not part of the sermon at all it seemed, we were so far away. Men shook hands down below and even hugged being very close to the imam. Women were forced to be with one another only and it was not the same feeling as the men for some reason. No handshakes or happy brotherly hugs.
How sad. My husband was down below me on the ground and I could not even be with him praying with him as husband and wife, as it is done in the Christian churches.
I am sorry to say, but that has got to end. It’s too separating for those who do not hold a perverted thought in their mind. It does make women feel like second class citizens.
I know in my heart the makers of the mosque thought it would be good for women to have a separate experience than men and to talk to one another only providing privacy, but it really does take the Unity out of the religion and makes it about sex and gender.
It’s very sad to see. I hope for the future of Islam, and all religions for that manner, that old customs and traditions will fall away and all that is left is some of the beautiful teachings.