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Kid's Zone

These articles are from the various students from the Madrasah Darul Arqam, 143 Clarence Road, Derby.

Visiting a Mosque:

Before entering a mosque you should read the du-aa for entering a mosque and then take your shoes off and put on a rack and then go to your class.
When you hear the azaan you wait until your teacher has said get up and make rows. When you start to read namaaz you have to be in the direction of the kiblah. The person who reads out the azaan is called a muazin.
There should also be no pictures or statues inside of live people etc. Mosques are not dull places, however, as they can have rich carpets.
In modern mosques, men and women enter from different doors and have separate rooms for worship. The Prophet did not separate religious life from his normal daily activities. In the open courtyard he entertained visitors, conducted business and guided day-to-day affairs of the community. It was the place where believers gathered for communal prayer and to hear his sermons and it was also used for giving shelter to the poor, homeless and wayfarers, and for caring for the sick.
In the courtyard was a well, not only for washing before prayers, but for ordinary refreshment. Travellers could arrive there and have a cool drink and food. Visitors were allowed to rest in the corners, or even stay overnight.
It is important to realised that mosques today, no matter how grand the buildings, are still used to fulfil all these other functions.
The community function is particularly important in places where muslims are in the minority - they need a place to meet and discuss their problems.
Mosques are also used as schools  - for learning arabic and studying the Qur'an; as law courts - for matters of Islamic law; and for marriage and burial purposes.

Behaviour in a Mosque:

People are expected to behave quietly and respectfully at all times, even if prayers are not taking place. Shoes are taken off and left outside or carried in a bag, and the feet carefully washed.
But people can relax there, and you can often see adult students (sometimes white-haired old men) reading and studying or taking a peaceful nap.

School:

Most mosques have a madrasah or school where young muslims do their Islamic studies. In Britain this usuallytakes place between 4 and 6pm, five nights a week, and some schools even demand weekend work.
Children in muslim countries do not have to work so hard, because they can do Islamiat during the day as part of their normal lessons. Indeed, it is usually considered to be the most important part of their education.
Boys and girls usually start Islamic studies at the age of five. Girls generally finish at the age of twelve, and boys continue until they are fifteen whereas their should be no age of when to read the Qur'an or go the mosque. Good students can spend the rest of their lives continuing to learn, and become teachers themselves. It is important to realise that most muslims are not arabs in this country, therefore Arabic, the language of the Qur'an, is not their native language. If muslims want to study the Qur'an properly they should attempt to learn the arabic language. Good students learn a great deal of the Qur'an by heart. Some learn it all, and become a hafix.

Your student, Falak khan and Sadaf khan.
Darul Arqam Normanton, Derby

Allah

Believe in Allah and one and only and there is no god besides him. The beneficent the merciful.
Allah the independent. He does not give birth, nor is he born and there is none equal to him.
Allah is not anyone's father or son and never will be a father of a son. There is nothing better than Allah.
If you worship anyone or anything besides from Allah it is false. All things are created by Allah. The high the great.

By Falak Khan, Student of Darul Arqam Normanton, Derby