Stand and Deliver
JEDDAH, 15 November 2004 â Police in Bahrain arrested a woman on Friday for disguising herself as a man and trying to deliver the Friday sermon at one of the largest mosques in the island state, Asharq Al-Awsat reported yesterday. âˆšÂ¨The 40-year-old woman, who had put on an artificial beard and mustache and was wearing full male dress, took her place in the first row of the mosque packed with 7,000 worshippers, and intended to deliver the sermon before the prayer,âˆšÃ† the paper said quoting Sheikh Adnan Al-Qattan, the mosqueâˆšâ‰ s imam. The people who had assembled there for prayer did not take long to discover that the new âˆšÂ¨imamâˆšÃ† was a woman and stopped her from climbing the âˆšÂ¨mimberâˆšÃ† or podium used by the imam to deliver the sermon. The woman is now under detention at Houra police station. One of the worshippers prevented the âˆšÂ¨imamâˆšÃ† from getting into the mimber. âˆšÂ¨In the ensuing jostle, the womanâˆšâ‰ s beard fell off and this revealed her gender,âˆšÃ† Qattan said. The woman was so powerful that four men could not control her. Finally, the worshippers overpowered her and handed her over to police. âˆšÂ¨The woman had prepared a sermon to deliver at the mosque,âˆšÃ† the imam added.
Go Girl. Some news reports are saying she was mentally unstable. If so, can a sane woman please stand and deliver? A while back there was a rights of women in mosque email going around, anyone has a link to it? I am too busy to hunt that down.
Ah. Zack always has the goods.