Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in US

Jan 31, 2015 1:54 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Los Angeles Times reports that more than 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project for the inaugural prayer marking the launch of the Women's Mosque of America, a nonprofit hoping to create space where Muslim women can learn and connect with other women.

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

Such mosques allow women greater opportunities to ask the imam questions afterward.

A 2011 study says about two-thirds of American mosques use a divider to separate men and women during morning prayers.

The number may be higher for Friday prayers.

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