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Islam – The Mosque

The Mosque is a place for the community of Muslem believers to share their faith through prayer. It is an obligation for Muslims to pray, and many Muslims do this five times a day at times specified to them.

The word Mosque is derived from a word which means ‘place of prostration’. Thus the architectural features of a mosque will allow Muslims to prostrate themselves or bow in a form of prayer ritual called a ‘rakah’.

A mosque traditionally faces Makkah, the holy city of Islam which is found in Saudi Arabia. The direction of Makkah is shown by the niche or Mihrab. Two further important features of a mosque is the minaret, or tower, from which a man called a muezzin calls the community of Muslims to prayer, and a room for ritual washing, so that a Muslim may be clean for his prayers.

No images or pictures of people are to be found in a mosque and because this has always been the case, traditional designs in a mosque are based on the creativity of Allah in nature and geometric design.

Learning the Qu’ran in Arabic, the traditionally holy language of Islam, is extremely important for Muslims, so a mosque will have rooms built into it for the purposes of learning and schooling younger Muslims.

It is traditional that men and women worship separately. Therefore there will be room available in the mosque for this.

Further information can be found at www.interfaithkirklees.org.uk .

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