Europe’s First Woman Imam

The Al-Sahaba mosque in the northern Belgian city of Verviers has granted female Muslim professor Hawaria Fattah to fulfill the position of imam at the mosque. The move is the first of its kind both in Belgium, and in greater Europe. Fattah, along with two male imams, will supervise the preaching activities for women at the mosque. However, she will not deliver the sermon of Friday prayers or lead prayers, stressed Abdel Jalel Al-Hajaji curator at the mosque. The Belgian Justice Ministry has approved of Fattah’s selection. She was born to an Algerian father and a Belgian mother, is 35 years old, and a professor of social and Islamic studies.

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