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The Masjid is vital in the life of a Muslim.

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Introduction The Masjid is vital in the life of a Muslim. While all Masjids are different, they all have certain features. Many Masjids will have the features listed below, but other smaller Masjids are located in old houses. The Masjid is the location where Muslims go to worship and obey Allah. Many of the world's holiest places are Masjids, which are very important in Islam. Part 1a) Specific Features of Jamia Masjid, Derby The Masjid has many features all for specific reasons. Every feature of a Masjid reinforces a commitment, which is to serve Allah. Many Masjids are used to call people to prayer. The Jamia Mosque is set at an angle to other buildings on the street. This is to allow the main prayer hall to point in the direction of Mecca, the focal point of all Muslim prayer. MINARET The minaret is a traditional part of a mosque. It is used by the Muezzin to call people to pray by performing the adhan. The ground floors of minarets are always fitted into a square, with the minaret being everything from square to round and many are octagonal. The top of the minaret supports the crescent moon and star, which are symbols for Islam. The Jamia Masjid in Derby has one very elegant and large minaret, with a crescent moon and a star at the tip of the minaret. ...read more.

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A Masjid will normally have only one mihrab. Like all other Masjids, the Jamia Masjid in Derby also has just one Mihrab. Carpet The carpet is designed so that each worshipper gets his own mat to perform individual prayer. There are also carpets on the walls as decoration. Part 1b) The Role of a Sunni Imam A Sunni Imam has many jobs and responsibilities; these range from leading the congregation in prayer to looking after the Masjid. Below I have listed many of the jobs of the Imam from a Derby Masjid. I found these things out by asking him for a private interview. 1. The main part of being the Imam is leading the congregation in prayer. The Imam has a responsibility of doing this daily for all five prayers (Fajr, Zohr, Asar, Maghrib and Isha). The Imam is making a big sacrifice by becoming an Imam. He has to be up as early as four thirty in the morning and sometimes has to lead the prayers as late as eleven thirty at night. Before leading the prayers the Imam must make sure that the rows are straight and that everyone is in the right position for Salat. 2. The Imam also has the role of teaching young and old people Qur'an. The Derby based Imam does this daily teaching kids after school and helping them improve their recitation. ...read more.

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On the day of Judgement, when there will be no shade anywhere, Allah will keep the person whose heart is devoted to the Masjid under the shade of His heaven. Masjids also served as the center for education, learning, and training. Muslim Masjids, are not only for the purpose of worship alone but also serve as the centre for all social, cultural, political and various activities. There is no special design or structure for a Masjid. Any building erected or used for congregational prayers is a Masjid. Masjids in Islam are not only centres for worship but are also the reflection of the characteristics of Muslim society and its civilisation. Due to this fact, the Muslims have been asked to follow certain rules, which can be considered to be the earliest state for the development of Muslim character and to form true Muslim social structure. The Masjid became the centre of all Muslim activities. Deputation's coming from other countries were received there and were generally put up in this Masjid such as the group of Christians from Naijran. The Masjids are centres of Islamic social development; therefore, there are quite a few instructions for a Muslim to follow when he comes to the Masjid. From the very beginning of his development, it starts according to the Islamic teachings. Masjids nowadays are less frequently used for purposes such as social, cultural and political activities. They are used mainly for the purpose of teaching and praying. Islamic Studies coursework- year 10 Mehmoon Mahmood 11 ...read more.

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