The Importance Of The Mosque

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Presently they are worshipping out of a house where the back and side yard have been transformed into gravel parking lots. The small building has not been well maintained; some window blinds are broken and porch rails are missing. Money that has been raised by the congregation has gone to purchasing land and into a savings to build a welcoming and proper place of worship for the more than one hundred Muslims that gather there to pray. The land to build on has been purchased, and enough money has been saved to start building; however, due to protests, they are waiting for more community support. The imam stated that he did not want to open a new mosque in a town where they are still not wanted. Currently, the imam and fellow members of the mosque are trying to reach out to other faiths in the area to dispel misconceptions and fear, although their efforts have not made much progress. To me the grounds indicate a group of people yearning for acceptance, tolerance, and safety in a community they belong to.

When I arrived, the imam’s wife greeted me and gave me a tour of the mosque. In every room there were various prayers and pictures of sacred places in Mecca and Medina. All of the prayers were written in Arabic, but one prayer had an English translation beside of it. The imam explained that this prayer
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The Kaaba is believed by Muslims to have been built by Abraham and his son Ishmael. Tradition states that after Abraham’s death, the structure was used to house pagan idols. Once Muhammad returned to Mecca, he cleansed the building of the pagan shrines, leaving only the black stone that was given to Abraham by the angel Gabriel. One picture was a close up of the Kaaba, and another showed the entire courtyard at Masjid al-Haram that surrounds the Kaaba. In the latter picture, Muslims were gathered in prayer while facing in the Kaaba’s

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