During the services, the people prostrate themselves. Now, if the men and women were mixed up, then the women would have to be subjected to bending over with the rump in the air in front of men. Men would be totally distracted at seeing a woman's rear bent over from behind. Now how appropriate is that??? For this reason, the men stand in front and the woman stand behind.
However, I've often wondered... why can't there be a division down the center of the mosque, a division bordered by a screen or curtain, with women on one side and men on the other? That way the woman aren't behind the men, but they are side by side. The curtain would shield off any views of them bending over.
Muslims, can this be done?
hfghsshgsfg: This is exactly what I asked, read it again. I asked if men and women can sit side by side with some kind of barrier between them, like a screen or drapes. This way the men don't see the women bent over, and the women don't see the men bent over either.
GypsyGr-ranny: You are 100% correct about Baha'i children and education. If parents have to choose between educating their son or daughter, and they can't choose both, they must choose the daughter. She will be a mother, and a mother is the first teacher. As for your take on whether or not Muslim men believe women to have a soul, on this you are mistaken. Islam says that all are equal in front of Allah, and women do have souls and Islam respects women very much. Culture is one thing, but religion is another. It's true that pre-Islamic Arabians used to bury their newborn daughters alive, but it's written in the Qur'an to stop that at once. It was Islam that taught this to be wrong.