CONTROVERSY IS GROWING within the local Muslim community over women’s access to some of the island’s mosques for prayer.

The contentious issue flared up last Friday when a near-$2 million mosque opened its doors for worship at Clermont, St James.

Muslim women took toFacebook claiming exclusion from the new salubrious accommodations, which they suggested were exclusive to male members of the faith.

However, Ahmad Ashraf Kazi, president of the An-Noor Muslim Association, which spearheaded the Clermont project, has hit back. He is suggesting that women should adhere to the rules of the Islamic faith and say their prayers within the confines of their home, or build their own mosque if that was their desired forum in which to pray.