For the first time in history, a Muslim woman named Jamidha led Jummah, the Friday prayer service of Muslims, in Malappuram district of Kerala. She valiantly fought the fundamentalists and for her, the fight for the right to pray is far from over. However, since then, the 34-year-old faced backlash for fighting the regressive customs that bar women from leading the prayer.
In an inspirational fight for equality, Jamidha slammed those who opposed her and vowed to continue her fight. In an exclusive interview with Republic TV’s South Bureau Chief Pooja Prasanna, Jamidha said, “these are exactly the reactions that will come from such people if anyone questions them on anything. They will threaten to kill or harm us; that has historically been their response. If anyone talks about the present day Islam, obviously it directly touches the clerics for whom this is good business. In the name of religion, they instill fear, they exploit, make money, the biggest example of that is Triple Talaq.”
“the Quran does not distinguish between male and female when it comes to aspects like prayers, fasting, Haj, etc. The Quran depicts everyone as believers, devout and the faithful. So this message had to be sent across to people that such discrimination did not exist in the Quran. Our idea is to create the right impression in the minds of the coming generations”