Scandinavia’s First Women Only Mosque Opens in Copenhagen

Scandinavia’s first women-only mosque opens in CPH

The imam at the new mosque will help Muslim women achieve equal rights. Photo: Iris/Scanpix

Sherin Khankhan is the imam at the new mosque and the driving force behind its creation. In an , she called Mariam Mosque a “feminist project” that will help Muslim women.

“I have never felt comfortable in the existing mosques,” Khankhan told Politiken. “The big new mosques are beautiful, but I’ve always had the feeling of being a stranger… [Mosques are] male-dominated and patriarchal places, where a man is at the speaking platform, a man leads prayer, a man is in focus and dominant. That’s why we have created a mosque on a female premise.”

As the first of its kind in Scandinavia, Mariam Mosque will put women in charge of Friday prayers as well as all administration.

Khankhan said the mosque is aimed at helping Muslim women achieve equal rights, for example by making it easier for them to divorce their husbands.


Mehmet Ümit Necef, an associate professor with the Center for Middle East Studies at Copenhagen University, told Politiken that he sees the female mosque as a form of modernization of Islam, which should be considered a positive step.

“While external criticism of Islam creates a defensive response amongst Muslims, criticism and new ideas from within is hugely positive,” he said.

But leaders of Copenhagen’s traditional mosques have responded critically, questioning the theology as well as necessity of a women-only mosque.

“They can do as they like, but their theological basis is wrong. Why is there a separate need for women only? Should we also build a men-only mosque? That would cause an uproar in the Danish public,” Imam Waseem Hussein, chairperson of the Danish Islamic Centre (Dansk Islamisk Center), told Politiken.

Hussein does not believe that the mosque will be recognized by the majority of Danish Muslims.

The mosque will have two female imams and a 12-member board, which will include two men, according to Politiken. The location of the mosque has not yet been made public due to concerns about repercussions from the general public.

Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, former head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET), told Politiken that he sees this as a sensible measure.

“If it is possible to keep the location of the mosque secret, then that is a guarantee [of its safety],” said Bønnichsen. “But it is sad that it is necessary – a victory for extreme influences.”

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  1. Why would any informed person follow Muhammad?
    Rome was sacked by Muslims in 846 AD during the great conquests of Islam after the time of Mohammed.

    During the 8th and 9th centuries, the Muslim Arabs (then called Saracens in Europe) were rapaciously invading Christendom through Southern Italy which they succeeded in conquering by fire, murder, rapine and the sword. Sailing from newly acquired bases in North Africa which they had just stolen from the Christians of the Eastern Roman Empire, the had conquered Sicily and were now bent upon seizing the rest of the peninsula.

    They had earlier been rebuffed in France in 732 by King Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, but they had got as far as Tours in Nothern France. King Charles was the first to halt their seemingly inexorable advance. Thereafter they retired to Spain and parts of Southern France and settled. They retained their hold on what had once been Catholic Visigothic Spain for the next 800 years! They were not finally ejected from Christian Spain until 1491 by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.

    Under Pope Paschal I (817-824), the relics of the holy martyrs were concealed in the walls of the city of Rome. When Rome was sacked, Paschal’s careful precautions did not prevent the wholesale spoliation and robbery of Basilica of Saint Peter itself, nor, indeed, of San Paolo fuori le Mura (St Paul’s outside the Walls), because they both lay outside the walls of the city of Rome.

    Later, a second wall was constructed on the other side of the Tiber from the main city area. It was constructed by order of Pope Leo IV and so this enclosure was called the Leonine City.

    The Islamic conquest and domination of Sicily, as well as parts of southern Italy began in the 7th century after the foundation of Islam and the attempt by the Muslim leaders to conquer the world.

    By Koranic tradition, Islam makes its attempts to re-conquer the world in the 7th or 8th decade of every century and does not stop until it is halted by force. When stopped it generally lies low until the 7th or 8th decade of the next century when it then makes another attempt at world domination.

    How, then, can it call itself a religion of peace? It does so because it means by peace the eventual peace that will, it says, be the consequence of the conquest of the world for Islam. In the meantime, however, it is war.

    (Retrieved from,

    The Battle of Tours France is said to be the most important battle ever won for the sake of civilization


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