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Society In Mosques

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Most scholars seem to have had an ambivalent attitude towards women's mosque-going. Al-Kāsānī exempts women from participation in the Friday noon-prayer and in other public prayers, warning that their presence in the mosque may be a cause of fitna - seduction, or disruption of the proper order. Rajab was observed as a holy month in pre-Islamic times. A well known prophetic ḥadīthe in favor of the continuation of its sacredness into Islamic times claims that Rajab is the month of God." Qurʾān recitations were held daily in mosques; according to al-Nawawi, the mosque is the favored place for reading as it is the cleanest and most honorable of places. Mosques provided an ideal space for individual study and contemplation, albeit a second-best venue of learning in medieval Muslim society, which strongly advocated the supervision of a teacher, and attributed great value to the personal relationship between shaykh and disciple.

Keywords: mosques; Muslim society; Qurʾān recitation; Rajab

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