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America's first female-only mosque inaugurated in Los Angeles
Monday February 2, 2015 8:20 PM , IINA

Over 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project for the inaugural prayer marking the launch of the first Women's Mosque of America, Los Angeles Times reported.

Women only mosque

The nonprofit project hoping to create space where Muslim women can learn and connect with other women.

This step marking the first time the traditional Friday call to prayer (juma) and subsequent sermon (khutbah) was led by a female.

Even though female-only mosques exist in China and other parts of the world, this is the first of its kind in America.

"We have the right and responsibility to our faith," Edina Lekovic said as she delivered the sermon to the gathering of roughly 150 women, according to Reuters.

The mosque hopes to create a space where Muslim women can learn and connect with other women.

"Muslim women haven't had a forum," said Yasmeen Ruhge, a cardiologist from the Californian city of Pasadena.

"When we go to the mosque, we have to sit on one side. Not that we aren't equal, but this gives us a freedom to talk as all women and create an independent role", she said.

Female-only mosques already exist in China, Chile and India, but Muslim leaders say this could be a first for the US.

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