While the Friday mass prayer was being held at a mosque nearby, everyday life was lying in the alleys. Some people did not attend the mass prayers and went about their daily lives as usual. In the first place, it is only men who are obligated to participate in mass prayers, but women are not obligated to participate.
I found a mosque in a densely populated area of Jakarta where only men were participating in the mass prayer. I guess it's not obligatory to participate, and there's nothing wrong with it, but there didn't seem to be any women participating in the mass prayer. I'm a little bewildered. It's not that they are exempted from their duties, but rather that they are not allowed to participate.
In these days when equality between men and women is being shouted at the top of their lungs, I feel that it is inequality between men and women if they are exempted from their duties just because they are women. However, I guess there are no people who insist on such a thing, at least not in the dense residential areas of Jakarta. In the alley near the mosque, there was a stall selling vegetables even during the mass prayer, and there were women who came to buy them. And the women seemed to be going about their business as usual.
March 20, 2021
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