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Friday, August 9th, 2013

What’s a Mosque Like? Glimpse Inside

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Mosques are frequently portrayed in popular media in one of two ways: negative or evil. In the best light, mosques are seen as conservative, male-dominated places and in the worst light they are characterized as bastions of terrorism. Neither are true.

 

Here’s a scene from mosque today where we went to celebrate Eid, the joyous celebration ending the 30-day fast of Ramadan. Since today is a celebration, after prayers, there was drumming and lots of fun.

 

 

This mosque is Sufi so they do things differently than many other mosques. For example men and women are mixed at this mosque, which is not very usual. For those who balk at why women and men are separated (as I originally did), once you realize that the form of Muslim prayer is very physical— much more physical than other systems of prayer—you see it makes sense to separate men and women. If not, you have a lot of people’s butts in your face and that can be distracting if you have men and women together! Also note this is just a small scene from mosque today and doesn’t show the chanting, sermon (khotba) and prayers that preceded the celebration but I wanted to demystify mosques a little bit for those who may have never been inside one.

 

We’d love for you to share a glimpse inside where you worship. Please leave us a comment if you’re interested!

 

 

Eid Mubarak!

 

Jas and Lila on Eid-2013

© 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsMaceo Nafisah   |  Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Stephanie! It was such a wonderful surprise to see you at Masjid Al Iman for Eid. I really like that you posted these videos. The best part of it is that it shows that part of our worship is to smile, laugh and rejoice. This is a very special mosque where so many different types of people feel welcomed. I hope to see you again!









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