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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/22/2010

Women threatened with arrest for trying to pray

By Washington Post editors

About 20 women were asked to leave the Islamic Center of Washington after trying to pray in the main hall.

WAMU reports that police were called to the mosque by officials with the Islamic Center. The women were told to leave or they would be arrested.

Jannah B'int Hannah was among the women protesting. She says she feels like a second-class citizen when she's asked to pray in a separate room where she can't see the imam.

Syed Burmi, the imam of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, says the physical separation of men and women helps maintain a focus on prayer. He says it also protects women's privacy and modesty.

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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These women want to practice their faith, but the men won't let them. Great rules. Called the police to toss them out of the place of worship. You just have to love religion.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Woops Wapo - your editing skills are lacking: the date on the article should be February 22, 1010, not 2010....wait, what?

Posted by: popopo | February 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

That's what being a Muslim woman is all about, isn't it? Having all these rules pushed upon you. Muslim men can't be trusted around women whey they're praying. Are they going to rip the woman's clothes off & rape her right then & there?

Posted by: uncivil | February 22, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

They were threatened with arrest for trespassing, not praying.

At least, if they were Christian women attempting to pray without permission at an abortion clinic, then it would not be a simple trespass issue. Since the reporter sides with the women in their complaint against Muslim men, the issue is contorted differently.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like it was on privately-owned property. Do people own property anymore or is property state-owned now?

Posted by: jhope432 | February 22, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

who cares.. what normal person believes they need to pray 75 times a day anyways - forget work... time to pray again...

Posted by: rockettonu | February 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

well, guess allah be going now....see you later.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | February 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Its obvious that the Muslim faith produces sexist savages.

Posted by: kenk3 | February 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Okay, what kind of cookie-cutter, Lets-do-it-our-way Islam are these women trying to practice? (I am not a Muslima but am of the understanding that the women have always prayed in separate rooms from the men). Give folks an inch...

Posted by: DCtoBalto | February 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The men are not gods or God. They are worse than 'infidels'.

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 22, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Having women pray in separate rooms is the practice of the Islam religion worldwide and has been so before the mothers of these women were born.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 22, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The men appear to be sexist with a 16th century mentality.

The US doesn't need Muslims, never will.

Posted by: kenk3 | February 22, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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