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Annabel Weaver Muslim Worship Islam is one of the most important religions in the world today, and historically. The people who follow this religion are called Muslims. They follow the teachings of Muhammad, the prophet, the Qur'an and of Allah (God). The Mosque The Friday Salah, (prayer) is always said in a congregation, and is performed around midday in a Masjid (Mosque). This building is more than just a place for prayer. From the time of the prophet Muhammad, Mosques have also been at the centre of society and social life in the Muslim community. So by tradition, therefore, the Mosque has been used as a place of formal gatherings and informal ones too. They are also used for education and many other social activities. This same pattern is followed by Muslims today: 1. Worship- prayer is the most important activity in the Mosque and the Muslim religion 2. A meeting place- Muslims may meet in a Mosque to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby, a marriage or a funeral. ...read more.


Hajj The pilgrimage to Makkah, which almost every Muslim undertakes is called the Hajj. Wudu Salah begins with a ritual washing called Wudu. In each mosque, somewhere there are special washing facilities. Wudu is always follows the same pattern, which begins with the worshipper announcing his intention to offer a prayer to Allah. This is called Niyyah. The Muslims do this ritual everytime they enter a mosque to pray because they feel that it makes them more fit and holy to talk to Allah. A prayer mat is laid out by the Muslim so that he or she can pray in a clean place. There are no pictures or statues inside the mosque. Muslims believe that these may distract those who are worshipping, so they have not got the complete concentration to Allah. Du'a are the personal prayers said by Muslims. Du'a means to 'ask'. Ramadam and Id-ul-Fitr Muslims believe that they must do certain things as part of their religious duty to Allah. ...read more.


He or she will walk around this seven times and say a prayer each time. Each lap starts from the Black Stone where they kiss the Black Stone or raise their hands to it every time. The reason that the Black Stone is so special is because it is said that Muhammad put it in it's place. Id-ul-Adha This is the festival that is on the tenth day of the Hajj. In the middle of the festival is the idea of service and sacrifice an animal. Each family must select a perfect animal to give to Allah (normally a sheep, goat, cow or camel). The father of the family will slaughter it but there are strict conditions that he must follow: * The animal must not be frightened * Prayers from the Qur'an are read out * The animal must face towards Makkah * A sharp knife is drawn across the jugular vein * All blood must be drained from the animal Meet that has been killed in the correct way is called Halal. One third of the meet is eaten by the family, but the rest is given to the poor and needy and the relatives. ...read more.

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