My First Time in a Mosque

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My first Experience In a Mosque
In this research, I am going to explain an experience that I encounter. What was like to be inside a mosque? I went to The Islamic Center of Passaic on Sunday 10/7/12 at 7:00 AM, the Sufi mosque is located in 152 Derrom Ave in Paterson, NJ. To start my research first, I went to the mosque in person and of course I needed their permission, so I spoke with Inman Mohammad Qatanani, which I thank him so much for letting me have the experience. I told the Inman my reason to be in his mosque on Sunday and I was coming from BCC and that I was catholic, he looked at me very seriously and in my mind, I thought that because I am not Muslim, I was going to be rejected but in his broken English he told me it was okay. So that being said by the Inman I arrived on Sunday. The mosque from outside was very interesting and very eye catching to be in the middle of the city of Paterson. It had bricked colored walls, but on the roof where it was all of my attention, I saw a golden dome, neither to big nor too small, it was more like a medium size dome, and by the entrance it has two columns. Above the two columns I saw in green Arabic letters “Islamic center of Passaic”; and of course the entrance door. Inside the Sufi mosque, I saw the offices of the Inman and of course the Hall. The hall had a gigantic carpet that covered the whole room; it was burgundy with tan Middle Eastern designs, and I could say it was very clean, it looked to me that it was clean every day. At the front there was the Inman he was standing on front of an altar with the microphone. When he saw me he gave me a hand sign to come in and to the right of the entrance I saw a place to put the shoes, of course I was expecting the first rule that I read on the chapter which was taking my shoes off, but I forgot another rule. In Islam before you enter a mosque you must wash your hands and your face. So I did, but since I was doing a research he just told me to wash my hands, as I did I finished washing and he told me to sit. The hall had no chairs. The few people I saw there, which I counted seven 5 males and 2 females were reading the Quran. The males were dressed in their traditional clothing some of them in white pants, bearded and of course the traditional taquiyah varying in colors; I was dressed in a white

sweater and jeans and of course the only thing I had in common with the male worshipers was my beard, but some of them were looking at me like I was out of this planet. But I also heard and saw one of the worshipers signing or chanting in Arabic, he was reading off the Quran. The ceremony started and the Chanting stopped. The Inman addressed in his language that I was there to visit, I did not understand exactly what he said, but I knew he was addressing me because all I heard is my name. When the service started the believers kneeled down to their heads. This remind me in the chapter that I read that in Islam the believer must pray facing the mecca. Once they did then they sat down and Inman Mohammad Qatanani started his sermon. The Inman picked up the Quran and started reading in Arabic. Of course I was lost. But besides being lost because I don’t speak Arabic it was that the service lasted almost 15 minutes, it was very short. To me it was surprise, because coming from a catholic background I thought that the service would last almost 45 min to an hour. After the Inman ended his speech some of the worshipers left and the others stayed for a little reading the Quran. I went put on my shoes and waited for the Inman outside his office. The Inman came and the asked me what did a think about the ceremony, I replied that it was interesting for me because everything seem new to me. He later apologized, because he was preaching in his native language and then later in his broken English he told me that he took a section from the Quran. He took the quotes from the section of the Taha, he showed me in his Quran which of course was written...
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