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In my coursework I am going to describe the Central Mosque in London. I will describe the main features of the mosque, the role and function of an imam and the role and function of the mosque in the Muslim community.

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A PLACE OF MUSLIM WORSHIP In my coursework I am going to describe the Central Mosque in London. I will describe the main features of the mosque, the role and function of an imam and the role and function of the mosque in the Muslim community. The main external features of any mosque are the Dome and the Minaret. The dome is a very important feature as a mosque is recognised by the dome. In hot countries the Dome allows the air to circulate. Islam comes from the Middle East, where the climate is very hot. The Minaret is a tall tower. In Muslim countries the call to prayer five times a day comes from the top of the Minaret. A man called the muezzin would climb the tower each time five times a day to give the prayer call. The prayer call is to remind people when it is time to pray. There are also many internal features in a mosque. I am now going to describe some of the important features. The most important part of any mosque is the prayer hall because a mosque is a place where you pray and you do this in the prayer hall. When some visitors come to visit a mosque they fell a bit disappointed because when they see the prayer hall it is a big room or hall where there is nothing really to see such as any pictures or furniture. ...read more.

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As well as these essential features there is a small room for the women to pray, if they do not attend to pray at the mosque they can pray at home on their own. There may be a balcony where women can pray their prayers there. The women's worship area is separate for men and women so they do not get distracted. I am now going to explain the role and function of an imam in a mosque. The Arabic meaning for the word imam is 'in the front'. What this means is that the imam stands in the front of the worshippers to lead the prayers. He stands at the front of the prayer hall on the prayer mat. The imam stands in the centre of the first row. An imam is not a holy man, he is equal like everyone else. He is an educated man that has the knowledge about Islam who he can then teach the children who want to learn about Islam. The worshippers who visit that mosque choose the imam. He will, be chosen if he has the knowledge of Islam and has the ability to recite the Qur'an properly. Some of the imams spend seven full years in an Islamic institute where they learn Arabic and Islamic studies. ...read more.

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I have been given a quote (below) and have to say why I either agree or disagree to the quote. For my reasons I have to refer to Islam. "You do not need to go to the mosque to be a good Muslim" Although not everybody would disagree, I want to disagree that you do need to go the mosque to be a good Muslim. I have several reasons for arguing for this point of view. My first reason is that salat (prayer) is one of the five pillars of Islam, and salat is the key to success. A further reason is that if you believe in Allah then you have to do what he tells you. He has told us to read five times a day at the mosque, by which you gain twenty five to twenty seven times more reward than reading it at home. Furthermore is that if you do what he tells you to do than you will go to paradise. You will live your life in pleasure and with happiness. Therefore, although some people might argue that you do not need to go the mosque to be a good Muslim. I think I have shown my point of view which is, you do need to go to the mosque to be a good Muslim. As you can see above the Central Mosque in London, which you can recognise by the dome and the minaret. Sohail Bhamjee 1 ...read more.

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