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Comedy writer and founder of first all-female mosque talks Islam

The first all-women mosque has opened in Los Angeles.
The first all-women mosque has opened in Los Angeles.
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The nation’s first women-only mosque recently opened its doors in L.A. Founders  Sana Muttalib and M. Hasna Maznavi wanted a place of worship for Muslim women where they feel welcome.

Worshippers don’t have to enter through a different door or sit away from the men. The downtown mosque also does away with the traditional dress code requirement: women don’t have to wear headscarves and can wear what they feel comfortable in. More than 150 women showed up for last Friday’s inaugural service, with some traveling from as far as New Jersey to attend.

Female-only mosques exist in China, the Women’s Mosque is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Will it spread to other cities in the U.S.?


M. Hasna Maznavi, Founder and Co-President, Women's Mosque located in Downtown Los Angeles. She's also a comedy writer and filmmaker