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January 8th 2005
Published: January 8th 2005
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I'm back in KL momentarily hanging out until my flight to Mumbai leaves tomorrow. I've checked out all of the main touristy attractions including the Petronas Towers and the various mosques. I would not recommend the Petronas Tower visit if you're easily bored to death by the many random facts that the tour guides like to spout... such as how much concrete was used in the foundations or who used to own the property the towers sits on now.
When visiting the mosques, I noticed that women have a separate prayer area that is closed off. Does anyone know why?

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5th February 2005

Any mosque in the world would have separate prayer areas for males/females. It is not permissible for a female to pray in the same saf(row) as their male counterparts. Also to respect the decency of females especially those yet to be married they are blocked from view in most occasions. Strictly speaking males should not mingle with females without obvious reasons. Therefore in formal places such as mosques, it makes sense to have areas such as what you have observed. - melayu

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