World Religions. Essay

Topics: Islam, Unitarian Universalism, Religion Pages: 3 (1120 words) Published: April 5, 2013
From talking to people and attending the worship services, this was an experience I won’t forget. This World Religions class has taught me many things and gave me a new perspective towards the many religions, but this interactive assignment brought what we learned in our textbooks into my life. What makes this so significant to me is that I really saw how welcoming this community is. I called each place that I went to and told them my assignment and what I had to do. I asked them what I should wear, what is the best time to appear at worship to get the full experience, and the things I should refrain from so I do not disrespect anyone. My first trip was to The Muslim Community Church. A buddy of mine is Muslim so I took advantage and I asked him to join me. We walked in and I was greeted by the Arabic greeting “Assalam Allaikum” which means “peace be upon you.” The answer, if the visitor would like to use it, is “Wa ‘alaikum- as-salaam”, which means “peace be upon you too”. Shoes are removed as you enter inside the mosque and placed in the shoe racks provided. What did surprise me was there are no symbols, icons, candles, incense, etc. in a mosque. You will not see any images of living things there. It's the opposite of an Orthodox church. If you're a Christian, don’t expect any pews. This mosque had none because people need room to pray. There are seats along the walls for the elderly and disabled. Ritual prayers must be done five times a day. Men and women are seated separately. The prayers are recited in the Arabic language, and consist of verses from the Qur'an. One thing that I was told was never walk in front of kneeling worshipers. There may be a few praying worshipers no matter what time you visit a mosque. Never walk in front of them as this is very disrespectful, remain behind and at a distance. Islam religion calls for peace and love among people regardless their religions, cultures, colors, or genders. The word 'Islam' means submission to God. The...
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