Reflective Essay 2
MuslimMosque 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...
Typically, Muslims wake up relatively late in the morning—always after sunrise—and have a small breakfast (as a sign of not being on a fast on that day) of preferably the date fruit, before attending a special Eid prayer (salah) that is performed in congregation at mosques or open areas like fields, squares etc. Muslims are encouraged to dress in their best clothes (new if possible) for the occasion. No adhan or iqama (Call) is to be pronounced for this Eid prayer, and it consists of only two rakaʿāts. The Eid prayer is followed by the khutbah (sermon) and then a supplication (dua') asking for forgiveness, mercy and help for all living beings across the world. The khutbah also instructs Muslims as to the performance of rituals of Eid, such as the zakat. It is then customary to embrace the persons sitting on either side of oneself, whilst greeting them. After the prayers, people also visit their relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting of Ramadan. This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community. Fasting is believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm.
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There is a Khutbah (sermon) in which the Imam...
...This essay is going to identify and describe some cultural practices that Muslim children of Islamic faith would bring into the classroom and the reasons behind the practice as well as how a teacher can accommodate the child’s cultural practices and beliefs.
Muslim children aged seven years going up are expected to practice Salat, five daily prayers. Two of the prayers Zuhr, practiced between midday and afternoon (Quran 17:78) and Asr, practiced between mid-afternoon and sunset (Quran 2:238) have to be practiced by children during school hours. Zuhr is practiced so as to remember God and seek his guidance, while Asr is practiced so as to remember God and the greater meaning of lives (http://islam.about.com/cs/prayer/a/prayer_times.htm).To accommodate Muslim students who want to practice the two prayers, the teacher can talk to the school Principle about allowing the students to conduct their daily prayers in an empty room at the school during lunch time and/or breaks. Firstly, the teacher has to discuss about this decision/suggestion to the children’s parents, so as to hear what the parents think of the idea.
Jumah/jumu’ah is the Friday prayer or congregational worship. Jumah/Jumu’ah replaces the Zuhr and has to be performed in congregation (http://submission.org/salat-how.html). Jumah/Jumu’ah is obligatory for males and optional or recommended for females. It is different from normal prayer in that it is shortened and...
...I chose to research the Muslim religion for my site visit. If you do not know what to expect when visiting a mosque, it can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience for any non-Muslim. I attended Catholic private schools my whole life and was raised as a Catholic and still am. Most religions have a house of prayer; Jews have synagogues, Buddhists/Hindus have temples and Catholic and Christians have churches and cathedrals. Muslims havemosques; each religious center has their own different rules, rituals and services that need to be followed. A mosque is a place of prayer for Muslims within the Islamic belief (Encyclopedia).
Another word for mosque in Arabic is Masjid. Kind of like a church, a mosque is where Muslims worship and bow before Allah to declare their obedience. Mosques date back till the time of the prophet (ReligionFacts). In order to find a mosque, I went on the Internet and stumbled upon Masjid Al Ansar. When approaching Masjid Al Ansar I was a tad edgy, not only because I did not know what to anticipate but also because I was not sure if I had put my hijab on correctly. When I entered the mosque a man who called himself a “brother” said, “sisters go to the right and brothers go on the left”. My friend (who is also in my class) and I exchanged looks of worry to each other and...
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...
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...
...governments, make-up of cities, and architecture. Architecture in particular is still very prominent from earlier civilizations such as the case in Al-Andalus.
The most important building in Islamic Spain, like other centers of Muslim civilizations is the mosque, house of worship. The inside of a mosque is empty, without seats or altars, as the empty space is a surface used for expression of form. All mosques are built to model the Prophet’s mosque in Madinat al Nabi in present day Saudi Arabia. The Prophet’s mosque was a simple rectangular building with a prayer niche, mihrab to show the direction to face during worship. The columns inside that held up the roof were made up of date palm trunks.
Almost every mosque has the same features as the Prophet’s mosque, although some have varied depending on the region of were Muslims lived. The decoration of mosques varies also. Some have earthen or white-plastered walls, while others contain fabulously carved and tiled geometric shapes. No mosque will contain any depiction of animal or human beings that would suggest worship of anything besides Allah. Some mosques will contain scriptures from the Qur'an as decoration on walls, arches, domes and tiles.
Al-Andalus has some of the most historic architecture. The Great Mosque of Cordoba was designed...
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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 worship, although there is a distinction in Arabic between...