After Shani Shingnapur temple, Muslim women protest against ban in Haji Ali dargah

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Two days after the protests against the ban on the entry for women in Shani Shingnapur temple, Muslims women have now staged protests in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan demanding entry to Haji Ali Dargah.

Dozens of Muslim women belonging to Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan protested on Thursday against the ban on the women’s entry to the famous Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai.

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Professor of Islamic studies Zeenat Shaukat Ali was one of the protestors. She said that it was ‘male patriarchy’, not religion, which was imposing restrictions on women.

“I am an Islamic scholar and nowhere in Islam is it said that women cannot go to graveyards. This is the dictum of the prophet. When Islam has not excluded women, then why should male patriarchy dominate. Male patriarchy is dominating the Hindus, Male patriarchy is dominating the Muslims,” she was quoted by Times of India.

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The BMMA has petitioned the Bombay high court seeking a ruling that the ban imposed in 2011, is unconstitutional.

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