4 steps when visiting a mosque for the first time

Many people in our community think that a mosque is only for the prayers and of course for Muslims. Let me be clear about this, a mosque is a house of Allah (swt). If you want to come inside as a non-Muslim, you can always come inside to learn more about the Islam.

Step 1: Take a deep breath and see how much inner peace you will feel.
Step 2: Don’t be nervous, Muslims are known for their kindness.
Step 3: Have respect, and don’t make too much noise.
Step 4: Ask questions! Only then you will learn more. The local Imam or the very nice people inside the mosques are there for your questions.

It all started with our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who built the first mosque: Quba’ in Madeenah al-Munawwarah. In another article I will tell you more in detail about this fascinating mosque. Nowadays, especially in Muslim countries, mosques are found on nearly every corner. The reason for having so many mosques is that it makes it simple for Muslims to attend the five daily prayers. Throughout Islamic history, the mosque was always the centre of the community. Most of the time you will find Muslims inside reciting the holy Quran or resting. If you open up your eyes, you will see a lot of different things, from Qurans to food. Yes I said food, almost every mosque has a kitchen where many volunteers prepare a dinner for people who can’t afford a daily meal. When you’re in the hallway you will always find a table with those delicious dates and milk. I don’t know what it is, but those dates are just delightful!

I just want you to know that you will not be the only ‘’stranger’’ that visits the mosque. From my experiences the people who came to our mosque were treated like kings and queens, our community loves the ones who are interested in Islam and want to know more about our beautiful religion.

So next time when you walk along a mosque, come inside and don’t be scared, we don’t bite!
(Maybe only if you’re halal …)

Written by Soufyan Harraoui

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Soufyan Harraoui is 19 years old and interested in everything that is related to computer science. He also loves writing poetry and taking photographs.