2 Muslims would usually be delighted to show others their place of worship. it is the sharing of what they hold very dear to their heart. it is hoped, however, that the visitors observe certain basic rules of conduct. The term Mosque is commonly used by non- Muslims to define the Muslim place of worship but its correct name is Masjid and this is the term used by Muslims. The Muslims being visited would not want visitors to feel uneasy. Likewise, they would not want to be made ill at ease themselves by criticisms of their way of worship or of their religion.
3 Whether visiting alone, or as a group, it is important to follow the guidelines for clothing and behavior so as not to cause offence. If any group members have special needs, let the place being visited know in advance so that they can prepare to help.
4 Clothing in a mosqueClothing should be modest for both men and women. For women this means an ankle length skirt or trousers, which should not be tight or transparent, together with a long sleeved and high-necked top. Clean and presentable socks, stockings, or tights are therefore a good idea.
5 Entering a mosqueWhere women attend the mosque, men and women usually enter the prayer hall by separate entrances. Also before entering the prayer hall or prayer room, Muslim men and women perform wudhu or ablutions if they have not already done so earlier or from home. This is not necessary for the non- Muslim visitor who will not be joining in the prayer.
6 Entering a mosque prayer hall go quietly into the hall, and sit on the floor, avoiding pointing the feet in the direction of the Qibla (the wall with the niche or alcove in it, indicating the direction of Mecca). If visiting as a group during a time when prayers are taking place, sit together toward the rear of the hall.
7 Before going to a Mosque A good idea is to call firstSome masjids are oriented to specific ethnic groupsAsk about social functions or new Muslim classesMention you are new or interested in Islam and schedule time to go and talk or ask questions
8 What to WearMen – avoid t-shirts, especially with images or slogans, clean socks, loose fitting shirt and pantsWomen- long skirt or loose fitting pants and top that covers at least to thighs, some mosques require non-Muslim women to cover heads, avoid wearing make up/perfume/jewelry
9 When you get there Find correct room for men or women Remove shoes and put on shelvesTry not to walk in front of anyone doing the ritual prayerIf late try not to disrupt service in progressSit “Indian Style,” not with legs stretched – considered offensiveDon’t drink anything or chew gumDon’t talk during the sermon or prayer
10 Left and right hand The left hand is used for cleaning yourself Right hand is used for shaking hands, picking up the Qur’an, etcOnly shake with right hand and only shake hands with someone of the same genderDoesn’t matter which hand is used for writing or drawing