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AIIO chief backs prohibiting women inside Haji Ali Dargah

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New Delhi : The Chief Imam of the All India Imam Organisation (AIIO), Umer Ahmed Ilyasi on Saturday said that women are not allowed to go at dargahs and mosques and if they want to worship, they should do that at their homes.

Speaking on the Shani Shingnapur temple issue in Maharashtra, Ilyasi said that Hindu Pujaris know more about the issue and, therefore, can solve it better.

“I think the Hindu Pujaris know more about the Shani Shingnapur Temple and, therefore, can solve it better. As far as Islam is concerned, women are not allowed to go at dargahs and mosques. If they want to worship, they can do that in their homes,” Ilyasi told ANI.

With women trying to enter the sacred platform of the Shani Shingnapur Temple, Muslim women groups have also started protesting against restriction on their entry into the inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.

Trustee of the Dargah, Rizwan Merchant had earlier backed the decision to not allow women to enter inside the inner sanctum, saying that entry is prohibited in view of their safety. (ANI)

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