worship in a building called a Mosque. (An alternative
word is Masjid.)
Outside every mosque, or just inside the entrance, is a place
where worshippers can remove and leave their shoes, and a place
where they can carry out the ritual washing required before
There are no pictures or statues because Muslims think these are
blasphemous, since there can be no image of Allah, who is wholly
Women can attend the mosque, and when they do they
sit separately from the men.
A niche in one of the walls, called a mihrab, shows the
direction that the worshippers should face in order to face
The minaret is a tall thin tower. A muezzin stands at the
top of the tower and calls Muslims to prayer at the five ritual
times of the day.
prayer, five times a day, is the essence of Muslim worship,
whether done in the mosque of anywhere else.
Before the Friday prayer, the mosque's imam will give a talk on
a relevant subject, based on a Qur'anic text or a story about
the Prophet (pbuh).
An imam is not a priest, but a learned and pious Muslim who is
held in high respect by his community.
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