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Explain and describe the ways in which Muslims worship in the Mosque.

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Andrew Coleman 10K Page 1 06/03/2003 In this coursework, I am answering the question which was put to me "Explain and describe the ways in which Muslims worship in the Mosque" To start off I need to tell you that in the Muslim religion there are five very important pillars and these are part of "The "Akran" and this is what most Muslims believe to be the most important part of worshipping Allah and of Islam. This is done to express Allah's transcendence by his followers. These pillars are thought to Muslims to be like a temple for God and it is held up by theses five pillars and if one is weak they all are. The name for this so called "temple" is "Arkan" and these pillars are the five basic duties which all Muslims must perform. Please note that I have said all Muslims because in Christianity there is a lot of views on the Bible which all range from a fundamentalist view to a psychological view. Where as in Islam every thing is taken fundamentally and this comes from the belief that the Qu'ran is the "Word of Allah" spoken through Muhammad where as the Bible is most commonly believed to be the thoughts and ideas and expressions of God and is not his true word. Nevertheless, the pillars which all Muslims follow start off with, Shahadah which means "the bearing witness, or declaration of faith, that there is truly one Supreme Being and that Muhammad was his genuine messenger." This really means that there is only one true god and he is Allah. The second pillar of Islam is Salah and this is the one which will have the most say in my coursework, because it is "pray five times a day" and this is what all Muslims want to do. There is a strict code of worship to do this, which will be explained more later on. ...read more.

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Then your face is washed three times which is also followed by washing up to your arms. Next the water on your hands is passed over your head and you have to wash behind your ears and head/neck region. This is then followed by the washing of your feet up to your ankles three times. To break Wudu all you need to do is brake wind, go toilet or shed blood. This practice is also broken if you take part in any sexually activity. Before you get ready to take part in Salah you need to be in a clean place or on a pray mat and your mind should not be on other things, you should also be wearing clean clothes and if you are a man you should be coved from your navel to your knees. But if you are a woman you have to be totally covered with just your face and hands showing plus you should not be wearing any make up or perfume. This has been done because it is believed that women may distract the men and other worshippers by there smell or looks and stop people focusing on there god, Allah. But it is also done because it shows how shallow you are by looking good on the outside for god, where as he only cares on the inside and your sprit. When Muslims take part in Salah most of them are on a pray mat and this is done so that the place you're worshipping in is clean and in the Shiite denomination they have a piece of sand represented or place on the mat. This is done because they believe that Islam is not just Muhammad and Allah but Hussein and Ali who all died for their religion and the sand represents the place where they died in the desert at Karbalah. The Karblah is situated in Iraq where Hussein was martyred, killed for his believes. This is important because it caused the Sunni-Shiite split. ...read more.

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When Muslims do Dva they are doing a quick pray to ask for forgiveness or to seek help and it is just where they ask for aid in decisions. When people ask for help in times of need they are forced to be reminded what they have asked for and this is done by having ninety nine beads attached to string, this is also called the Tasbih. This is done so you are asking for forgiveness from every name of Allah, because it is thought there are ninety nine names for Allah with the last one being unknown to make it up to one hundred this is done because Allah is also still partly unknown. So in conclusion I believe that the mosque is not a really important building, where, a church or a cathedral is in Christianity, but it is still a place of great worship. Where Allah is present and I believe that a Mosque is really a symbol for people to keep believing in Allah and that the whole community is together in worship on Fridays. A mosque is also there for help in the courts and help in Allah in times of need because the imam can tell you what to do to make things better. I think that the best definition is in a Hadith, said by Muhammad "wherever the hour of pray overtakes you, you shall perform it. That place is a Mosque" Which really means anywhere clean that you or another Muslim has prayed in is a mosque so really the building is symbolic of Islam. But I also think that in Islam the beliers believe that Salah is the most important part and this is seen by them worshipping Allah five times a day and by have to be physically and mentally clean every time. But I don't believe that the mosque is of great importance as the question may think it is. The mosque really is not need for the worshippers and to pray to Allah. But the mosque is really there for the community and the "Brotherhood" of Islam. ...read more.

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