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Some Say I Should Be Killed, But Won't Back Down: India's 'First Woman Imam'

Jamida Teacher, the general secretary of Quran Sunnat Society, took the role of the 'imam' of the prayers held at the office of the Society. (TV Grab)

Jamida Teacher, the general secretary of Quran Sunnat Society, took the role of the 'imam' of the prayers held at the office of the Society. (TV Grab)

Jamida says she is aware of the negative comments on social media against her, but refuses to back down.

Neethu Reghukumar
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Thiruvananthapuram: Jamida Teacher broke the proverbial glass ceiling on Friday when she led Juma prayers at the Quran and Sunnat society headquarters in Malappuram district.

Juma, the congregational prayer held every Friday, is usually led by men. Jamida says she is aware of the negative comments on social media against her, but refuses to back down.

"The Quran does not differentiate between male and female. It only says devotees. It is the men and their interpretation that has differentiated against women and considered them as secondary citizens. I wanted to challenge this very basic idea and patriarchy. Quran doesn’t say a woman cannot lead the prayer," she says.

"I have not received threats, but many leaders are speaking against me on social media. Some in social media even say I should be killed. I know there will be an attack on me, but I am not scared. I will not back down."

Supporting Jamida, Rasheed, a senior member of the society, said they would continue the practice of women leading Friday prayers and would encourage more women to take up the role.

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