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Mosque is an English word for the Arabic word Masjid. The Arabic word Masjid means place of worship and is a noun of place from the verb Sajada (root "s-j-d," meaning "to bow" or "to kneel") in reference to the prostrations performed during Salah, (Sajadah) There have been many hadiths regarding the virtues of going to Masjid or having just love for Masjid, Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (R.A.) narrates that he heard Rasulullah (??? ???? ???? ? ???) say: "Allah Ta'ala will grant His Shade to seven (types) of persons on the day when their will be no shade besides His Shade. (Among the seven) one is a man whose heart is attached to the Masjid." [Bukhari, Muslim] Another Hadith is that, Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Umar (R.A.) narrates that Rasulullah (??? ???? ???? ? ???) said: "For every step taken by one, who proceeds to the Masjid for Jamaat Salah, a sin (which he had already committed) is wiped out and a good deed is recorded. This happens in going to as well as in returning from the Masjid." The thawab for proceeding to and even returning from the Masjid is indeed colossal. There is no limit to Allah's mercy. Allah rewards us for merely taking a step towards the Masjid, and then we are rewarded again for the performance of our prayer in the Masjid with congregation. ...read more.

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Congregants pray in rows, safs parallel to the Qibla wall and thus arrange themselves so they face Makkah. In the Qibla wall, at its center, is the Mihrab, a niche or depression indicating the Qibla wall. Also, a raised Minbar or pulpit is located to the side of the Mihrab for a Khatib or some other speaker to offer a sermon (Khutbah). Climbing on Minbar and giving Khutbas was a practice of Prophet (S.A.W), because when our Prophet had to give Khutbahs he would always climb on Minbar and talk. An ablution facility, i.e. Wudhu Khana is also available for the Musallis to come and to Wudhu as purity/cleanliness is half of Iman and Wudhu is very essential for Salah. You cannot pray Namaz until you are clean and pure. Also shoe racks are situated at the entrance so that Musallis can remove their shoes and put them neatly on the rack, to show that purity and cleanliness is essential in Islam. Also you have to remove your shoes before you enter Allah's house, because you don't do it at your own house, so how can you expect it at your Lord's house? In the Mosque, there are Clocks that indicates Salah times, so just say if a traveller was travelling and needed to know all the Salah times so he can arrange for them, he would be able to do so. ...read more.

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It tells them the real picture of Islam. They are given leaflets and brochures so that they can make the people aware of the truth and spread Islam to Muslims and Non Muslims. They are encouraged to come to this by sticking posters up everywhere, keeping refreshments and all the attractive things youngsters would get attracted to like keeping a debate on a certain issue. Jalsas are also kept in Mosque, so that includes all the people gathering (women and men separate) and listening different speeches, Islamic nazams and other interesting things. This is mostly held occasionally on a special occasion, like when girls/boys finish Aalim/Aalima Course where they learn the translation of Quran, pray the 6 Authentic Hadith books and other big grammar and maslas books. One of the exterior features is a dome on top of the Mosque roof representing the Ummah's Unity and representing the Muslim Community. The main thing it represents that it is a Masjid. There are also Minarets on the Mosque where before the five required daily prayers, a Muezzin calls the worshipers to prayers from the minaret. Now they don't do it from there, because there is a receiver at everybody's house. On top of the Minaret are the crescent and the star showing the navigation system and the direction of Qiblah. ?? ?? ?? ?? Features of a specific Mosque ...read more.

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