Source: Muslim Women's League Press Release
On March 18, 2005 Muslim Women's League Press Release reported, "Dr. Amina Wadud, noted Muslim scholar, will deliver the sermon and then lead the congregational prayer at an undisclosed location in New York City. This event has sparked international debate among Muslims, many of whom oppose female leadership in public Islamic worship, as well as many who support such leadership generally, but have textually-based concerns about women leading mixed congregational prayers. Even among those who support women leadership in both issues, many are debating the strategic wisdom behind this event, and what ultimate impact it will have in the Muslim community. This debate also extends to the Board of Directors of the Muslim Women’s League which, like the Muslim community in general, is a group of people with diverse religious and social perspectives."