A Los Angeles mosque -- which caters exclusively to women and is the first of its kind in America -- was created by comedy writer Hasna Maznavi and lawyer Sana Muttalib as a response to the various ways women are made to feel uncomfortable in many mosques, the Slate website reports today (February 2, 2015).
Maznavi and Muttalib said the mosque will allow for female speakers who can address women's issues from a female perspective, as they deliver the Friday sermon. The mosque conducted its first services on Friday, January 30, 2015.
In most mosques, "women do not often get a chance to access the male imam for questions or discussions after prayer, because he is in the men's section and is inaccessible until a later time," Maznavi and Muttalib added.
By creating a space for conversation after services, they are hoping to facilitate a meaningful conversation that will speak to women's concerns.