Fired by zeal and purpose she spent two full decades in getting ready an all women inclusive mosque. The foundation stone of the mosque was laid by renowned Islamic scholar (late) Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi in 1997, in a secluded corner of Lucknow, on Rai Bareily Road. This year the mosque¬†established another milestone by turning the mosque energy efficient through its own solar power generation. And all this was achieved by the vision and¬†untiring efforts of a lone woman on a mission to elevate the status of women in the light of Islam.¬†
Social activist Shaista Amber the founder president of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board has come a long way from the day she took a silent vow to ensure gender equality not just in society but also in mosques. The result of her labor is Ambar Mosque. Representing a symbol of promoting women‚Äôs rights and for putting up tired, vary visitors the mosque has now taken on the new dimension a new mission ‚Äďthat of projecting a truly environment friendly side of a mosque.
By installing solar panels Shaista has demonstrate the great and urgent need of clean energy in our lives. The 1k W electricity generated will meet three quarters of the mosque‚Äôs modest lighting and cooling needs but for Shaista this is a trend setting initiative and she hopes it will inspire other mosques to follow suite and help reduce¬†environment pollution. ‚ÄúWe must all do our bit‚Ä¶ If everyone starts using solar energy then Lucknow‚Äôs air quality will start to improve as well as it will help reduce power cuts,‚ÄĚ says Shaista pointing towards solid determination that lurks deep inside for bigger strides she will be taking in this direction.