A mosque is a Muslim’s house of prayer. Mosques are not only the center of religious prayer among Muslims but also the center of the Muslim community in the area. However, Muslims feel it is not necessary to pray in mosques, Mohammed taught that Prayer can be held anywhere to Allah. Muhammad also taught that whoever builds a mosque will go directly to heaven because it pleases Allah greatly. Mosques usually contain a place for washing and enriching oneself, a main hall where prayers are done, rooms for studying and teaching the young, and also a room for preparing the dead for burial. Outside the Mosque
Almost all mosques have an onion dome with a crescent on top and a tower called a minaret from which the muezzin (call to prayer) is called five times a day. In the courtyard of the mosque there must be running water for Muslims to clean themselves with in preparation for prayer. Inside the Mosque
Inside a mosque you will notice that there are no shoes as a sign of respect to Allah (remember Moses-Holy ground). There will be no seats in a mosque but instead prayer mats which will have an arch on them facing the direction of Mecca which all Muslims must turn to when praying. You will see no statues or pictures in a mosque because they are afraid that with these images idyllic worshiping might come back. However, you will see arches engraved with Arabic calligraphy from the Koran. The main service of a mosque is on Friday when most male Muslims come to pray among each other. Muslim women are under no obligation go to the mosque on Friday as they have the house and their children to take care of. I conclude to say that Mosques have great morals to them and truly do present a wonderful environment for worshiping to god.
Islamic Studies Project
Most Sacred Mosques in the World
Akash Daniel Jamal
Masjid Ubudiah is Perak's royal mosque, and is situated in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia. Masjid Ubudiah Mosque is the Malaysia's some of most beautiful mosques, the Masjid Ubudiah (or Ubudiah Mosque) has golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight, from near and afar. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a government architect .This Masjid was built in 1917 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul'adzam Shah. It was commissioned on the orders of the Sultan, who vowed that he would build a mosque of great beauty as thanksgiving for recovery from an illness which plagued him in those early days. The construction of the mosque was not without difficulties. Work was interrupted several times, once when two elephants belonging to the sultan's and Raja Chulan were fighting and ran over and damaged the imported Italian marble titles. Its architecture is in the Indo-Saracenic style. Besides that, the Makam Al-Ghufran or a Perak royal mausoleum is located near the mosque. The Ubudiah Mosque was built during the British Occupation of Malaysia, hence, it is known as the colonial mosque, which is...
Reflective Essay 2
Muslim Mosque vs. Christian Basilica
There are many differences between the muslim and christian Basilica as well as many similarities. They also have so many things that make them unique in their own way. Taking a further look at each belief helps us have a clearer understanding of the Mosque and the Basilica.
The word Islam is Arabic and means "submission to the will of God." Islam teaches that one must submit to God in Arabic in order to achieve true peace of mind. Allah is God, the same God Christians and Jews worship.The word Muslim means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of race, nationality or ethnic background. Muhammad is believed to be the final prophet. Human beings are not believed to be sinful, but are seen as capable of both good and evil. Muslims believe God has given people free will. It is known “One's deeds and actions measure one's faith”. Islamic teachings encompass all aspects of life and ethics; consciousness of God is encouraged in all aspects of human affairs. Worship in Islam is not limited to religious rituals. Muslims believe the Qur'an has been perfectly preserved in both its words and meaning in a living language. God's final revelation to humankind was publicly recited in front of both Muslim and non-Muslim communities during the lifetime of the Prophet.The Qur’an's main message is submit to Almighty God and worship Him alone....
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A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. The word entered the English language most likely through French (mosquée), from Portuguese (mesquita), from Spanish (mezquita), and from Berber (tamezgida), ultimately originating in Arabic: masjid مسجد — Arabic pronunciation: [ˈmæsdʒɪd]. The Arabic word masjid literally means a place of prostration. The word "mosque" in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for Islamic...
Religious Studies 110
March 1, 2015
QUIZ: ISLAM VOCAB
1. Qur’an: Muslims’ sacred book (recitation), which contains Muhammad’s (pbuh) sermons and revelations.
2. Hadiths: (recollections or narratives)- the remembrances of him by his early followers.
3. Muslims: meaning “people who submit” to God (Allah)
4. Hijra: (flight or migration) occurred when the persecution of Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers in Mecca intensified. At the invitation of leaders of Yathrib, a city about three hundred miles to the North, Muhammad (pbuh) and his finally migrated away from Mecca in 622 C.E.
5. Mosque: (masjid) where many early rules about worship and social regulation were worked out. Also where Muslims go to pray.
6. Islam: literally means “surrender” or “submission,” indicating wholehearted surrender to God, and a Muslim is one who submits to God (Allah).
7. Muezzin: a chanter who announces that Allah is great, greater than anything else and calls people to prayer several times a day.
8. Minaret: the top of a tower that is used to call people for prayer by a muezzin.
9. Mihrab: a special arched niche used to indicate the direction of prayer in a mosque.
10. Ramadan: period of shared fasting that unites Muslims; the night month of the Muslim calendar, is the time during which Muhammad (pbuh) first received his revelations.
11. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca, which Muhammad (pbuh) took to visit the mysterious...
The Blue Mosque, Dubai
1960880238125000On the last Friday before the holy month of Ramadan of the year 2011, another landmark was added to Dubai’s list of achievements with the opening of the Blue Mosque. Dubai- the land where architecture is highly appreciated, the Blue Mosque fits right in with the Arabian landscape. The mosque held its first congregation with the Friday prayer on the 29th of July 2011. It was built by Khalaf Al Habtoor, the chairman of Al Habtoor Group. The mosque is named after Umar bin Al Khattab, Prophet Mohammed’s (P.B.U.H) companion, who went on to become the second Caliph after Abu Bakr and was given the title Al Farooq, which means someone who can distinguish the truth from the false. This is one of the three mosques in the United Arab Emirates which is open to people who believe in other religions other than Islam with the other two being the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Jumeirah Grand Mosque in Dubai. This mosque has a capacity to hold upto two thousand worshippers. Being about 8,700 square metres in area, this mosque is the largest mosque in Dubai. The Blue mosque in Dubai, also known as the Al Farooq Umar ibn Al Khattab Mosque, draws its inspiration and is structurally based on the famous Blue Mosque of Istanbul...
...Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria
Space and Symbolism
By Shijo Jose (A/2371/2011)
History of Architecture
II Year Sem IV
Great Mosque of Damascus, also called Umayyad Mosque, the earliest surviving stone mosque, built between ad 705 and 715 by the Umayyad Caliph al-Walīd I. The mosque stands on the site of a 1st-century Hellenic temple to Jupiter and of a later church ‘Basilica of Saint John the Baptist’. Some Syrio-Roman fragments remain in the structure, as does a shrine supposedly enclosing a relic honoured by Muslims as well as Christians - the head of St. John the Baptist.
The mosque occupies a huge quadrangle 515 by 330 feet (157 by 100 m) and contains a large open courtyard surrounded by an arcade of arches supported by slender columns. The liwan, or hall of worship, running the length of the south side of the mosque, is divided into three long aisles by rows of columns and arches. A transept with a central octagonal dome, originally wooden, cuts across the aisles at their midpoint. The marble grilles that cover the windows in the south wall are the earliest example of geometric interlace in Islāmic architecture. The walls of the mosque were once covered with more than an acre of mosaics depicting a fanciful landscape thought to be the Quʾrānic paradise, but only fragments survive. The mosque was destroyed by Timur in 1401, rebuilt...
...Running head: ISSUES AND TRADITIONS OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, AND
Issues and Traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
World Religious Traditions II
Issues and Traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Religion takes on many different forms and there are several definitions in as many languages used to describe the practices. For the purposes of this paper, the following basic definition will be used. Religion is the belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. Also, a personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship (Company, 2000). This paper will examine three major religions of today: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. An attempt will be made to identify the top two current issues each religion faces as well as look at two sacred traditions and study the significance and major characteristics of each.
Judaism is monotheistic in nature and has been described as a religion, a race, a culture, and a nation. All of these descriptions have some validity to them but Judaism is best described by some as an extended family (Rich, 2006). This extended family consists of four movements Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist. All of which, still find themselves victims of discrimination known as anti-Semitism which is based on stereotypes and myths and often invokes the...
A mosque is a place where Muslims meet to worship God (Allah).
The word 'mosque' is linked to an Arabic word meaning 'prostrate
oneself' and it is a place where Muslims bow before God (prostrate
means bow down). Mosques are generally rectangular in shape and the
walls define the sacred area inside the building however, whilst some
mosques are purpose built others can be found in converted houses.
A basic feature of all mosques is a tower called the minaret. In
Islamic countries the muezzin (caller) enters the minaret and calls
the people to prayer. In Britain this is not allowed so some Islamic
communities broadcast the call to prayer on a radio frequency which
Muslims can pick up in their homes and places of work using a small
receiver. The call to prayer goes like this:
'God is great,
God is most Great, (x3)
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, (x3)
I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah (x2)
Come to prayer, (x2)
Come to your good, (x2)
God is most great, (x2)
I bear Witness that there is no God but Allah
[IMAGE]Muslims pray five times a day and prayer times are fixed by the
sun and change daily. Because people lead busy lives it is the role of
the muezzin to make sure people know when the correct time for prayer
is. Each time for prayer has a special name and each time is...