CTV News reports that “in an effort to build an inclusive space for Muslim women to practice their faith, and heal from Islamophobic attacks,” The Women’s Mosque of Canada has officially launched in Toronto.
Farheen Khan, co-founder of the mosque, says that there are Muslim women, herself included, who have experienced gender islamophobia and even been attacked. “We want to be in a place where we can be safe; a space to connect with each other and heal.”
Ms. Khan says the mosque is planning upcoming Ramadan celebrations and Islamic workshops, and hopes that the Women’s Mosque will grow to cities outside of Toronto. “We really are a peace loving community. We want to spread love not hate, despite anti-Muslim conversations,” remarked Ms. Khan. “We’re going to continue to wear our headscarves and practice our faith.”