• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe The Main Features of a Specific Mosque.

Extracts from this document...


Kulsum Patel Islam "A Place of Muslim Worship" Coursework 1 Unit K May 2003 Describe The Main Features of a Specific Mosque A mosque is a place of worship for Muslim people. In the Savile Town area of Dewsbury there are many Purpose built mosques. The mosque I am studying is called Masjid -e- Zakariyah. This mosque was built in 1992. Previously this building was an army cadet base. Before this mosque was bought there as a mosque in Savile Grove for the people whole lived around the Dewsbury area. This mosque was also not purpose built. It was houses which were turned into a mosque. Most mosques consist of:- 1. Dome 2. Minaret 3. Mihrab and 4. Minbar The dome in a mosque represents the world and is used as a design on the mosque. It is a symbol of unity and brotherhood. Most places of worship have domes e.g. Cathedrals, Temples and even some Synagogues. ...read more.


Minarets are often adorned, high, and striving to be as slim and elegant as possible. Modern minarets are often giving even more room for artistic achievements than in earlier times. In modern built mosques there are loudspeakers fitted so that the adhan is echoed throughout the area. All Mosques also have a mihrab and minbar. The mihrab is an archway that indicates the Qibla, the direction in which a Muslim perform salaat. In most mosques the mihrab is the position of the person leading the congregation in prayer, and is by most Muslims considered the most holy place in the mosque, even though the mihrab is not dedicated to God, but frequently to religious personalities. A mosque will normally have only one mihrab. The mihrab is by both Muslim and Western scholars considered as an element taken from churches, element added to the mosque for architectural reasons. The mihrab was most probably introduced in the 3rd century of Islam, in the 9th century AD. ...read more.


In Sunni Islam the term 'Imam' is used principally as a title, and has negligible importance in theology. The word imam generally refers to one who leads congregational worship. More broadly the term also applies to religious leaders in the Muslim community. Whilst an Imam leads worship, gives sermons and performs duties such as officiating marriages, they are not ordained clergy, nor do they belong to any kind of hierarchy. Also, an Imam does not act as an intermediary between an individual and God. The term imam has specific respected implications for Shi'is. The Imam is regarded by Shi'is not purely as a political leader, but as a metaphysical being. One who is without sin whose doctrinal pronouncements are infallible and who bestows true knowledge on humanity. The Imams are referred to within the Shi'i tradition as "Ma'soom" - free from error or sin - and are regarded by the mainstream of Shi'is as twelve in number. The last Imam, the Mahdi, is believed not to have died but to be in hiding and will appear at the end of time in order to bring about the triumph of the Shi'i faith. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Places of Worship section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Places of Worship essays

  1. The Mosque and its importance to Muslims.

    People's houses are often lying in a second "circle" outside the mosque and the shops. Other social functions have often been connected to mosques, schools, law courts, hospitals, and lodging for travellers. This pattern is based upon the Medina mosque, but is of less importance today, as city planning now often use Western models.

  2. the features of a mosque

    Also Angels do not enter the Jamaat Khana. Instead, the Masjid has Arabic calligraphy on the walls to assist worshippers in focusing on the beauty of Islam. The Jamaat Khana has carpeted area with Musallas drawn on it in a dome-shaped to show the Muslims where they stand and which direction should they be facing for Salah.

  1. r.eDescribe the main features of a specific mosque:

    Analyse and explain the role and function of the imam in a Sunni Mosque Within a Sunni Ummah there is an imam who leads the prayers. The word imam means 'at the front'. This particular person is chosen according to their knowledge on Islam along with if they are a good Muslim.

  2. The Role Of The Mosque In The Community

    In Islam, the body must be purified before burial. Without a morgue or a washing place, this purification becomes difficult. Having a morgue in the mosque relieves the strain on the family. The body is usually left in the morgue until the day of the burial. Many mosques, in this generation, are used to educate children from the community.

  1. Mosque and Masjid

    In the first Masjid in Hijaz there was minimal attention paid to the form of the Masjid. The time of development of the Masjid into the pattern that still applies, lasted for a period of only 80 years. The shapes of Masjid came often as a mix between architectural shapes of the conquered territories and of the original patterns.

  2. Islamic studies coursework

    The International Islamic University was built under the main courtyard. The University is currently in the process of moving to a new site that was launched in 2000. The Design of a Mosqueqe3r Some mosques might have all External and Internal features below. Some mosques might have some of them.

  1. Describe the main features of a specific place of catholic worship.

    the wall depicting the different stages in the suffering of Jesus on Good Friday. These 14 Stations of the Cross are located on the outer walls next to the benches where the public will sit to hear the service, these are placed her because when people are listing they often look and take note of their surroundings.

  2. You don't need to go to the MosqueTo be a Good Muslim.

    Nearly every mosque will have one of these because this tells you where the Qibla is. If the Muslims face this when they pray, they will be facing the direction of the Ka'bah. It also serves the useful purpose of amplifying the voice of the imam, who leads the prayers,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work