Women's Mosque of America
~ In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate ~
We are very excited to introduce you to our first khatibah for the Women's Mosque of America: Shaykha Reima Yosif, who is one of the amazing figures who directly inspired the creation of this mosque.
Shaykha Reima Yosif is the founding President of Al-Rawiya College online as well as its annual ShaykhaFest event, which draws Muslim women from around the world each year. A hafidha of the Qur'an with a diploma in Classical Arabic, Shaykha Reima has scholarly licenses to teach books of Hadith and Tafsir, and she has translated over 200 Islamic texts into English -- in addition to being a published poet. Shaykha Reima Yosif empowers her female Muslim students through efforts like the Alima Training Program, which was instrumental in inspiring the creation of the Women's Mosque. We believe that Shaykha Reima Yosif has the necessary vision and experience to help make the Women's Mosque of America a space where all Muslim women feel welcomed, empowered, and inspired. We look forward to partnering with her and her institutions in our singular goal to uplift Muslim women and girls.
In order to accommodate Shaykha Reima's schedule, we have adjusted the date for the first Women's Mosque jumma'a, which will now be held in early 2015, inshAllah. We thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you at our first Friday prayer next year. In anticipation of our first jumma'a, we've included more information about Shaykha Reima Yosif below, as well as a video link to one of her inspiring talks.
At this time, we have begun the process of partnering with other organizations and building our cohort of volunteers to ensure that the Women's Mosque of America can have a broad impact. If you would like to pledge an amount to help us cover our start-up operation costs, please email us at WomensMosque@gmail.com to let us know.
InshAllah in our next newsletter, we will be sending out the official date, time, and additional details for our first Friday jumma'a prayer, so please stay tuned!
M. Hasna Maznavi & Sana Muttalib
Co-Presidents, Women's Mosque of America
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"O Humankind! Be mindful of your Lord, who created you from one soul, and from that soul created its partner, and from these two spread many men and women. Fear God in whose name you demand mutual rights from one another, and respect the wombs (that bore you). Verily, God is forever watchful over your actions." (Holy Qur'an 4:1)