Before going to the Masjid, you should know:
· To dress appropriately—Males: No form fitted clothing, shorts have to be met at the knees or below; Females: no form fitted clothing or shorts, or mini-skirts and dresses. Pants are appropriate for males and females. Long dresses and skirts are appropriate for females.
· That some Muslims do not shake hands with the opposite gender. You may shake hands if the other person extends it.
· That men and women do not intermix when praying. They are separated.
· That Fridays are the busiest days at the Masjid.
· That Muslims pray five times a day. Some perform their prayers at the Masjid everyday.
· That Muslims don’t eat pork or drink alcohol.
At the Masjid:
- Take of shoes when entering the praying area.
- If people are praying, remain silent. If you must talk, talk quietly or leave the praying area.
- Turn off cell phones, mp3s, and pagers.
- Do not stand in front of a praying person or group.
First, there is a lecture (sermon) on a topic traditionally chosen by the Imam, lasting usually between 30-45 minutes. Once the lecture is finished, there will be a call to prayer and everyone will stand up and the Imam will then lead the prayer. After finishing the group prayer, some may choose to do individual prayers.
Who are Muslims? Muslims are more similar to you than you may think or know. Muslims:
- Are men, women and children from diverse countries including Americans. Majority of Muslims are not of Arab descent.
- Advocate education, often sending their children to college.
- Volunteer through organizations, charities, or as individuals.
- Believe in one God.
Arabic Words You Should Know
- Allah= God
- Imam=Religious leader who performs the prayers
- Athan=Call to prayer
- Wudu=purification of self
- Islam= Name of religion that Muslims follow
- Muslims=Followers of Islam
- Quran= The holy book for Muslims
- Ramadan=The name of a Muslim month
- Salaamu Alaikum= “Peace be upon you”, a greeting that is said between Muslims
You speak some Arabic after all. More than 10,000 English words come from the Arabic language.