Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-07-06 20:39 Mangaluru: Muslim women, by and large are not encouraged to pray in mosques. But not in Mangaluru and its surrounding areas. it is common to see Muslim women praying in mosques on the coast, particularly during Ramadan. It is a phen0menon that has become more noticeable in recent years. Women performing mass prayers at Salafi masjids in Dakshina Kannada, including Ullala, Mangalore, Deralakatte, Thokkottu, Konaje and other several places is a common sight. After the sighting of moon in Arabic countries, Muslims in coastal area celebrated the end of Ramadan Month on Wednesday. Selaphi women along with their children and family thronged mosques and performed mass prayers in separate enclosures provided for them in mosques. Other than Salafi mosques, Jamat-e-Hind mosques too allowed women to perform prayers. There Sunni Muslims in Mangaluru are divided into regular Sunnis and Salafis. Salafist Islam arose in the late nineteenth century in West Asia, seeking to cleanse Islam of reformism and getting back to more orthodox Islam. Salafis are also known as Ahle-e-Hadith. However, Salafi women are allowed to participate in the prayer as the moulvis dont think theire attendence will distract them during the prayers. However, they are allowed to enter the Masjid and they could perform mass prayers in a separate place meant for them. Women can perform prayers by looking at LCD TVs, which shows the live preaching of the Moulvi. Among the mainstream Sunnis, women are not allowed to enter the Masjids as the men think that presence of women will distract their Namaz. Bava Padarangi, a Sunni follower, said that presence of women will distract men during the Namaz and affect their concentration on god. Hence, Sunni Mosques do not allow women to enter Masjid. Aboo Bakakar of Deralakatte feels women should be allowed to enter mosques as women used to perform Namaz in mosques during the days of the Prophet. n September 2010, on the directions of Karnataka High Court, Muslim women were allowed to offer Namaz in a mosque in Mangaluru on Eid Ul Fitr. History was created when Noor Masjid opened its doors to the women then. The women had petitioned the court seeking to be allowed to offer namaz in the mosque after being repeatedly denied the right to offer prayers to celebrate Eid-ul Fitr. The Noor Masjid managing committee is controlled by Sunnis and they had opposed entry of women into the Masjid. But the Salafis – a sect in Islam – had argued that they wanted the women to be allowed to pray inside the mosque on Eid-ul-Fitr.