AUAF Inaugurates Masjid for Women
On November 19, 2015, The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) inaugurated the first masjid for women, named after the first wife of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Khadija al Kubra, on its west campus. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Faiz Mohammad Osmani, Minister of Haj and Religious affairs, H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Mark A. English, President of the University, faculty, staff and students.
The inauguration commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran by AUAF student Reshmin Joyanda followed by welcoming remarks by Dr. English.
"The construction of the Mosque for women represents yet another example of how AUAF continues to foster and support the empowerment of women by supporting a concerted and creative engagement with all sectors of society," said Dr. English. " Equality cannot be achieved by quotas or mandates alone, but must be cultivated with improved male-female social relations at all levels and in all places."
Speaking at the ceremony , Minister Osmani congratulated AUAF for inaugurating its first masjid for women. He spoke about the importance of the freedom of expression in the country and also briefly explained women rights in Islam.
"I greatly appreciate the inauguration of a mosque for women at American University of Afghanistan. This shows the respect AUAF has for freedom of thoughts, speech, religion, and mutual respect," said Minister Osmani. " This is expected from a university like American University of Afghanistan."
In her speech , Minister Nazari touched upon the importance of the role women plays in bringing peace and prosperity to Afghanistan . She shed light on the importance of Masjid and said "It is a place where people, regardless of their ethnicity, embrace each other."
Student representative and President of the Islamic club, Nilab Haidary , expressed her gratitude to AUAF for envisioning the establishment of a Masjid for women. She said it was a need on campus and now females can offer their prayers in a better place.
Following the speeches, Dr. English, Minister Osmani and Minister Nazari cut the ribbon and opened the door of the newly constructed Masjid for females.
The new Masjid, located behind the faculty office builiding is 72 sqm and has the capacity to accommodate 60 individuals for prayer at one time.