Until now, Friday prayer in Danish mosques has always been officiated by male imams, but from September 1, this will change, Jyllands-Posten reports.

A new mosque soon to open in the centre of Copenhagen will have Friday prayers for women led by female imams. This has drawn criticism from some imams, while other commentators are disappointed that the new mosque didn't go further by having services for both men and women.

Muhammad Zakaria Khan, the imam at Nusrat Djahan mosque in Hvidovre, told the newspaper that he was against women imams, except where there were no men available. "If there are no men available, then a woman can lead the prayer for women, not for men," he said.

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