I just had a call from the BBC Asian Network saying that Taj Hargey’s MECO outfit is inviting a lady from the US over to lead Friday prayers in Oxford this Friday. I understand that it is not Amina Wadud this time but someone else.
Eighteen months ago, Hargey pulled the same media stunt and managed to rope in gullible hacks from the BBC, the Times and the Independent to cover this ‘unique’ event. Ummah Pulse reviewed the entire episode wonderfully here.
Religious correspondents are of course familiar with the great schism that the ordination of female priests caused in the Church of England and lazily expect the same sort of division and outrage among UK Muslims concerning female Imams. Thankfully, UK Muslims can easily recognise a cheap publicity stunt when they see one.