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The Mosque 1. Select, describe and explain the important features of a Mosque Possibly one of the most important aspects of the Islam religion is the Mosque, which means "place of prayer". This is seen as the centre of the Islamic community and is where Muslims join together to worship Allah, pray, and learn about the religion. Also, weddings, festival celebrations, and meetings of the Muslim community are held there. On the outside, many Mosques are plain and not elaborate at all although, it is not wrong for them to be grand. They are usually rectangular in shape and two features of them would be the dome and minarets. The dome is situated on the top of the roof and symbolises the universe. A minaret is a tall tower and every Mosque must have at least one. From here the adhan, call to prayer, is called by the mu'adhin. Most modern minarets have loudspeakers to drown out the noise of traffic, etc. The adhan is translated as: "Allah is most great, Allah is most great. Allah is most great, Allah is most great. I testify that there is no god except Allah. ...read more.


Surah 9:60 2. Explain how Muslim practices reflect Muslim teaching on equality A valuable aspect to the Islam religion is the Ummah, that all Muslims are seen as one large family. The idea of Ummah means that all Muslims should be concerned about all other Muslims, regardless of their ethnic background. The Qur'an says that the idea of family life comes from Allah. Many customs display Islam's views on equality. The fact that Mosques can be used as law courts show that Islam is all about fairness. Everybody worships together, poor and rich so there are no class divides. Wudu makes all Muslims as clean as each other. The prayer ritual is identical for everyone, and everyone must do it at the same time, side by side once again with all types of people. Also, there must be no prejudice against poor people, and this is seen by the Zakat and by the praying for the people. When Muslims follow Sawm and fast for Ramadan, everyone must do it. This brings about a feeling of unity, strength and equality as they are all doing it together. They do this because Muhammad told them to. ...read more.


It may be that going to the Mosque interferes with a person's job, in which case they would find it hard to attend. In parts of the world today, there are no Mosques and people living there still call themselves Muslims. Also, in the early days of the religion there were no Mosques yet followers of Muhammad still called themselves Muslims. Muslims can worship at their home and pray there too, they can also meet with other Muslims and it doesn't have to be in a Mosque. I believe that Muslims should attend the Mosque, especially here in Britain where is Islam is not the major religion. I think Muslims should meet together to keep their faith strong, as it is good to spend time with people of the same religion - it makes it easier knowing that there are other people who think the same way. Muslims can share experiences with each other, and celebrate festivals together. In modern times, there are a lot of things that can tempt Muslims from their religion, and going to a Mosque would help keep their life on track with their religion. Going to a Mosque enables the Qur'an to be taught to them, so that they understand it, and therefore their religion, better. ...read more.

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