GUWAHATI, Aug 30 – Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik today attended a Jumma prayer at the Sijubari Jame Masjid, Hatigaon here in which women in large numbers also participated.
It was a rare occasion of women participating in Jumma as such a practice is not permitted in many mosques.
The Governor emphasised that the participation of women in prayers was not forbidden in the Quoran, and said that he felt elated at the liberal steps taken by the Masjid, its Imam and the president of the Falah Society which runs the Islamic Education Centre, Jame Masjid, Sijubari.
“I shall remain happy for a long time with the memories of such an event and am sure that such events will raise the status of women in every society and promote religious amity,” Patnaik said. He termed Islam as a great religion and said that Friday was a religious day for all members of Islam throughout the world, and was observed in prayers and piety by the Muslim people.
“By allowing the local women to join them in their Friday prayers, the members of the community have ushered in the beginning of a historical era for society,” he added.
The Governor assured the gathering that he would extend all possible help from his side. He also announced a grant of Rs 50,000 to the local Mahila Samity.