Scotland: 'Muslim suffragettes' fight for mosque vote

Scotland: 'Muslim suffragettes' fight for mosque vote

MUSLIM women have launched an audacious campaign to win the vote at Scotland's biggest mosque.

A group of students, many aged under 20, say they are being effectively barred from taking part in elections because applications from women to become voting members are being turned down.

Dubbed "Muslim suffragettes", the group believes Glasgow Central Mosque, Scotland's biggest place of worship, is in breach of its own constitution, charity rules and discrimination laws.

The mosque, which can cater for up to 2,500 worshippers, has no female members but allows women to pray and wash in segregated areas.

Nazia Iqbal, 19, a pharmacy student at Strathclyde University, this weekend wrote to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) asking whether the mosque had undermined its charitable status by refusing to accept her application to become a member.

Iqbal said: "I was shocked when I was knocked back. I just found it downright wrong that a committee decided that women can't be members."


Source: Scotsman (English)

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