Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Mosque allowed the entry of women on its premises this Ramzan. The mosque, which was built in 1804, has arranged for an iftaar and evening prayers for women. A temporary shamiana has been constructed on its premises, reported TOI.
Why this is important
The shamiana is equipped with proper lighting, fans and water and gives the women a place to break their fast. It also provides them shelter from the sun and rain.
It is specifically beneficial for working women as the masjid authorities provide the iftaari to them which includes fruits, chhola, sweets and sherbet.
The mosque was built by Prince Gholam Mohammad when he was in exile in Kolkata. It is currently being managed by his great grandson Prince Anwar Ali Shah.
While talking to TOI, Shah explained: “A lot of women come to Esplanade from far-flung areas for shopping during Ramzan and do not have any proper place to go to when it is time for iftaar. Many are forced to break their fast on the road and forgo their evening prayers.”
About 150 women break their fast at the mosque daily.
Women welcome the decision
According to the TOI report, Sabrina Yasmin, a local resident, was caught in the rain; and found shelter in the shamiana. “It is a great decision and shows the mosque authorities’ inclination to change with the times,” she added.