A mosque is a place where Muslims worship and pray
to Allah Almighty. In Arabic Mosque is called a Masjid or Jami.
The mosque is a kind of any house or open area where Muslims offer
Salah (Nimaz) in the congregation. Some mosques are also used as places
where Muslims get together and discuss things or where religious
education takes place. It is not only a place for praying, but it’s also
the center of the community and where many wonderful pieces of Islamic
art have been created.
is required for all Muslim men to attend mosque on Friday for Jummah
prayer. Muslims also offer five times prayer in Mosque also come and
learn about the Islamic faith, about the teachings of the Holy Quran
with learning how to read and pronounce it from Ulama. Muslims
are required to give money to charity they often donate it at mosques.
There are many rules that worshippers must obey when
they are in a mosque. In most mosques, a religious leader called Imam
is in charge of praying. Muslims must clean themselves before they enter
into a mosque. There are washing areas where they can make wudu before
entering the prayer hall. The floors of such a hall are normally covered
with a carpet. It is not allowed to step on it with shoes as Muslims
offer Salah on it. Loud talking is forbidden in mosques. It is
also disrespectful to walk in front of Muslims who are praying.
first mosques were modeled on the place of worship of the Prophet
Muhammad (SAW) the courtyard of his house at Medina. Those were simply
plots of ground marked out as sacred. Though the mosque as such has
undergone many architectural changes, the building remains essentially
an open space, generally roofed over, containing a Mihrab and a Minbar.
A common feature of many mosques is a minaret, a tall thin tower that is
usually located at one of the corners. From the minaret, a muezzin or
Imam proclaims call to worship (Adhan) five times each day.
prayer hall of Masjid normally does not have any benches or chairs.
Worshippers pray in rows facing Holy Kaaba which is center towards which
Muslims around the world face and offer prayer. There are no pictures
on the walls of Mosques. Some mosques show verses of the Quran on the
walls to assist worshippers. Every mosque has a Mihrab, a niche in the
wall that points to the Holy Kaaba. From Minbar the imam delivers his
in mosques with congregation are considered the best way of offering
prayers to Allah Almighty. Most of the Muslims prefer to offer prayer
in congregation and avoid individual prayers for fear of using wrong
ways. We all should try to offer prayers with the congregation in
mosques for getting greater rewards in the best manner.