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  1. Very true. But the issue runs deeper. While many women find the above scenario the status quo many simply don’t mind because they are culturally imprinted to stay home and do their prayers. Many have no desire to spend Ramadan in the masjid. These women would much rather spend their time cooking for the Aunties and Uncles. And, I have to say that as I get older and find it all just too taxing I too have found preference in staying home to do my taraweeh prayers while my husband and sons venture to the musallah at night. It seems those Aunties knew something to begin with that I didn’t. I wound up feeling much more peaceful this way without trying to keep up with the demands of my home, the month long fast and then long nights at the masjid on top of everything else. Not only that it’s often the case that mosques simply are not welcoming places for women among other things like tribal communities and attitudes that can make a person feel all alone in a sea of people. This does very little for a persona iman. So after many years of being the sister who wanted to have the full Ramadan experience at home and at the masjid I am not content to stay home, cook for my family, pray my prayers at home without overextending myself.