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...
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