Aboelzahab Farooq from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo affirms the capability of women to issue religious opinions and lead other women in prayer:

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Imam Farooq Aboelzahab
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Aboelzahab Farooq from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo affirms the capability of women to issue religious opinions and lead other women in prayer:

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Men are the imam for men or both genders. Women should be an imam for woman only.
It is God who rules and Muslims in general regardless of gender are to interpret, explain and execute those rules, no difference between man and woman. There were some occasions in which the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) referred to Aaishah his wife as to learn half of your religion from her, and also he said: "Seeking knowledge is a must on every Muslim male or female".