A Visit to A Mosque In America
Driving along the highway, all eyes are drawn as a magnet to the unique building with its golden dome and unusual architecture. The Islamic Center is located at the base of a residential street in a small neighborhood. The center houses an Islamic school, a community center, an international school and the Mosque, which is the place of worship for Muslims.
There are many misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims. In reality most Muslims are non-Arabs and most live outside the Middle East. There are five million Muslims in the United States. There are an estimated 10,000-15,000 Muslims in the area.
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The International School offers grades K-8 and has a teacher/student ratio of 1:15 along with a Montessori pre-school and is available to Muslims and non-Muslims. The most beautiful building among these is the Mosque. The Mosque was built in early 1990's and is American built, almost entirely by local architects and local artists. There is a fountain in front of the Mosque and a second fountain inside the vestibule. These fountains have come from as far away as Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia and are merely for decoration though in older times fountains were used for washing before prayer.
Upon entering the Mosque, I enter into a vestibule with a decorative fountain in the middle and a hallway to each side lined with a shelf for shoes. Shoes are not worn in a Mosque because it is a place of worship to Allah, the Arabic word for God, where cleanliness is all-important. Shoes will have dirt on them. One cannot go before God in such a state.
After my shoes are removed I proceed through the vestibule. On each side of the fountain are restrooms, one for men, one for women. Inside the restrooms is where differences begin. Each houses a wash basin which reminds me of when I was a young girl in elementary school and the old round sinks we used to wash our hands. This is the same. It is here that Muslims perform wudu. Wudu is the cleansing done before
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Once inside the prayer hall, the imam explained to me that in a mosque there
In addition to the structure's architectural composition, elaborate Quranic inscriptions further elaborate this message of religious superiority. Carole Hillenbrand alludes to such:
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The dirt is believe to upset or distract people from praying. The entry ways are separated there is an entrance for women and one for men once entering there is a cleansing room where I was taught the process of wudu or “three times washing”, wudu is three times of washing of the hands, wrists, elbows, forearms, feet, ankles, hairline, and so forth each body section is washed in order which has an associated prayer for each part. The service was different than any other religious service I had attended in my life (Catholic and Baptist Services) services at the masjid are highly ritualized with all of the prayers being in Arabic. During the service you are to sit on the floor although chairs are available if needed. There’s much bowing and kneeling without any instructions of when to do so for newcomers I just mimicked what the others did for I did not want to offend anyone.
Islam - a monotheistic religeon based on the belief that there is one god, Allah, and that Mohammad was Allah's prophet. Islam is based in the ancient city Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birth place of Muhammad.
Introduction and Arrival: I attended the Islam site visit at the River Oaks Islamic Center on Wednesday May 3rd. I chose to go to the Islam site because it was the first site visit I could attend because of the Lacrosse season. I was also excited to go to the Islam site visit because I know so little about Islam, apart from what the news says. I expected to see a lot of women with full scarves, long dresses and cloth slippers, accompanied by their husbands dressed in suits. I expected the mosque to be really large with intricate architecture on the outside. I also envisioned pews when we walked in, like a church. I thought we would walk in to a large room, with pews in the back and prayer rugs at the front. I also pictured an altar, but now
I chose to research the Muslim religion for my site visit. I wanted to have in depth experience with this religion since I did my group project about Sikhism and during class we went into great detail about every other religion. I did not know what to expect when visiting a mosque, it was a pretty nerve-wracking experience for me being a non-Muslim. I have been raised with Christian morals my whole life even though I have only gone to church a few times in my whole life. Almost all religions have a house of prayer; Jews have synagogues, Buddhists/Hindus have temples and Catholic and Christians have churches and cathedrals. Muslims have mosques; each religious center has their own different rules, rituals and services that need to be followed. A mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims within the Islamic belief. Another word for mosque in Arabic is Masjid. Kind of like a church, a mosque is where Muslims worship and bow before Allah to declare their obedience and loyalty. Mosques date back till the time of the prophet. In order to find a mosque, I went on the Internet and stumbled upon Masjid Beit El-Maqdes.
In the mosque there is the raised platform “minbar” space which seems more sacred than other spaces because it’s raised up and it’s the place where the person who leads the prayer “imam” stands. I came to this conclusion because of the raised platform he’s higher than us which means he has more advantages. Also by the raised platform the imam is close to god more than us while praying. The mosque helps to focus attention on sacred actions. The carpet, the minbar, the adhan and the way prayers kneel and bow all help us focus on how they are doing it.