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You don't need to go to the MosqueTo be a Good Muslim.

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"You don't need to go to the Mosque To be a Good Muslim" By: Shazad Altaf May the Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be Upon You! Introduction "YOU DON'T NEED TO GO TO THE MOSQUE TO BE A GOOD MUSLIM?" During this coursework, I will be collecting information about mosques, so I can support or reject the hypothesis above. To collect the information I need to support or reject the hypothesis, I will have to three sections. These are: 1. The design of the mosque 2. The use of the mosque 3. To support or reject the hypothesis above The Arabic name for a mosque is Masjid. Muslims go to the mosque five times a day, to pray to one God, Allah. They also went to the mosque to remove all their bad sins that they committed and in search of peace. The first ever mosque is the one in Mecca, the area that surrounded the Ka'bah, the most holy shrine. The next mosque to be built was the Prophet's (saws) mosque in 622AD. This is called Masjid Nabawi. When this mosque the qibla was towards Jerusalem but after 1, 5 years, the qibla was changed, so now it faces Mecca. When the followers of Islam completed this mosque at that time, it was very simple and very plain. An area of the courtyard was roofed and this area was used for prayer. During the years now, mosques have been very beautiful and very complicated. Houses in the UK have been transformed into mosques. In the past, Muslims converted churches into mosques. The Use of a Mosque Mosques are used for several of things. Some mosques may be used for all of the following some might not: * Prayer 1. 5 times a day 2. Taraweeh 3. Eid Prayer 4. Funeral Prayer 5. Jummah * Sports Facilities * Arabic Classes * Talks > Prayer - Five times a day: A mosque is used to pray to Allah five times a day: Fajr ...read more.

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This is because the five-pointed star and the crescent is the symbol of Islam. This symbol can also been seen on Flags and stamps from many Muslim countries. The five-pointed star symbolises the Five Pillars of Islam The moon and star are signs to Muslims of the greatness of the Creator. ? > The Minaret: The minaret is a tall tower on top of the mosque. In hot countries, the Muezzin climbs to the top the minaret to do the Adhan. He does this 5 times a day: (Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Magrib and Isha). The minaret is like an alarm clock for the people living in that area because whenever they can hear the Adhan, they always know that it is Salah time. Now, they tend to use speakers so the Adhan can be heard as far as possible. > A Car Park: Usually a mosque will have a car park outside the mosque, so the people who come to the mosque to perform salah can park their car there. If a person wants to park there car and go shopping, etc, then the mosque would usually charge them. Internal Features: > The Prayer Hall: This is the most important part of a mosque. This is where men gather together to pray to one God, Allah. This room might be a disappointment to visitors because this is only one plain large room used for prayer. In hot countries, this might be a large open courtyard. > The Women's Worship area: Women do not have to attend he mosque to pray but sometimes their family responsibilities will prevent to do so. If they do attend the mosque, they will pray separate from the men. This is because then each other do not distract them. Often there might be a balcony in the men's' prayer hall. Usually men will not be able to see through this because it will have curtains on, which will be closed. ...read more.

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These are four Hadiths that the Prophet (saws) has said about people going to the Mosque: * "When you see a man frequenting the mosque, bear witness that he has faith." * "Allah's mosques are only visited by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day." * "There are seven whom Allah will cover with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: a just imam, a young man who grows up worshipping Allah, a man whose heart is attached to the mosque from the time he leaves it till the time he returns to it...." * "If one goes out of his house to a stated prayer in a state of purity, his reward will the like that of a Hajj in ihram..." Could someone not go to the Mosque but still be a good Muslim? I think that a person that does not go to the mosque can still be a Muslim because lets say that person is ill, or disabled or even lives far away from the mosque. He can still be a good Muslim by reading Salah at home. That person could read the 5 Salah's at home. He will be rewarded but not that much for a person who reads Salah at the mosque, with Jamaat. So I think that you can still be a good Muslim, even if you don't go to the mosque. "You don't need to go to the Mosque To be a good Muslim" Now with the information I have collected during this coursework, I will make a decision of supporting or rejecting the hypothesis above. I think that I will support the hypothesis above because like I said on the previous page, you can still be a good Muslim and not go to the mosque. The people who would do this are: * A disabled person * A sick person * A person who lives far away from the mosque So I think that you can be a good Muslim and not go to the mosque. ...read more.

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