The leaders of a new mosque in Southern California say they want to create a “safe space to be with their sisters”. It’s the first all-female mosque in the United States.
Photo: A service held at the Women’s Mosque of America in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: http://www.alexapilato.com
US first women-only ‘mosque’ opens in Los Angeles
21 February 2015 Last updated at 09:21 GMT
The first women-only mosque in the US is causing controversy among the American Muslim community and beyond.
The Women’s Mosque of America in Los Angeles holds prayers in a building that used to be a synagogue, but is now a multi-faith space.
Founder Hasna Maznavi told the BBC the intention was not to compete with other mosques, but to give women a place where they can “grow inspired and empowered”.
Alastair Leithead reports.