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Created Equal

Muslims believe that we were created equal but not identical.

"And of his signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colours"


Muslims are equal, as they are all connected through Ummah (community), regardless of colour, nationality etc.


Hajj demonstrates equality as they all wear special white garments to show that everyone is equal in front of Allah.


The fact that all Muslims pray five times a day, and face the same way shows unity and equality.

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Men and women

Men and women have an equal obligation to Allah; prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and charity.

"The Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women [...] for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward"


There are some teachings that show men may be superior:

"Men are in charge of women"


But these are sometimes taken to mean that Men and Women have different roles in the community.

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Women and the mosque

Women aren't encourged to go to the Mosque but the Prophet Muhammad did permit it.

If they do go, they have to pray in a different group, behind the men.

They are not allowed to lead the prayers of men, but they can lead prayers of women.

Asra Nomani,

 is leading a campaign to end segregation in the Mosque, and allow mixed-gender.

In 2005, Amina Wadud led a mixed-gender prayer in New York. Their actions have been condemned by Muslim scholars as not following the teachings of Islam.

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