Almaty Central Mosque. Photo courtesy of kazakh.ru
by, Tengri News | Kazakhstan
Almaty Central Mosque has commented on the sex row over the Mosque’s school, the Mosque’s official website writes.
One of the school’s students Zhanar Boranbayeva told the media that young women were forced to become wives of imams who later divorced them. According to her, the school reminded of a sect where female students were told that they were slaves and had to obey men. “17 and 18-y.o. girls are like free prostitutes. The imams invite those they like to saunas and hotels,” the young woman said. Boranbayeva even filed a complaint to the prosecutor’s office requesting to check on the activities of the school.
The Central Mosque called Boranbayeva’s accusations a ridiculous slanderous lie. Their reply to the accusation was that Boranbayeva never studied at their school and only visited the mosque for prayers in 2008. She only came over for the Friday prayers that are open for everyone and was never registered as a student. During the last 3 years “all the women courses have been taught by women teachers only and none of them recognized Zhanar as one of their students”.
Some of the Mosque’s employees remembered Boranbayeva. “That woman was a little weird. We remember her because she came up asking the teachers for advices several times. Inadequacy of some of her questions made the teachers notice her and remember. After that she was not seen around the mosque for several years,” the message states.
Commenting the accusations that the students “were forces” to marry the imams the Central Mosque said: “There are no names, no proof and there can’t be any as these things have never happened, there have been no such cases”.
The age of the alleged “victims” also raises doubts. 320 women currently study at the school, including 15 girls aged 17-18: “Some of them come to classes with their moms. None of these girls are wives of imams of the Central Mosque and none of them have been divorced.”
Boranbayeva’s phrase about “free prostitutes” caused the most outrage in the Central Mosque. “Accusation of using the mosque to inviting a Muslim woman to sauna as a free prostitute is a culmination of the slander. None of the naib-imams of the Central Mosque have ever divorced. They all have only one wife and several children each,” the comment states.
The website writes that Boranbayeva’s only “proof” – the photo of teachers and students of the spiritual school – “was made at during a Doors Open Day on the final day of the course and awarding of the certificates. She had her photo made with the students then”.
The Mosque summarized its statements by saying that all the accusations are false: “If somebody believes this, let them check where and how this woman has been living during the last three years. Any reasonable person understands that she was not imprisoned in the Central Mosque during those year. Especially considering that she never studies in our school at all. And if she did, what could have made her tolerate all the horrible things she is accusing us of for so long?”