YEAR 6 VISIT MAIDENHEAD MOSQUE
YEAR 6 VISIT MAIDENHEAD MOSQUE – 4TH FEBRUARY 2019
Ash and Hawthorn Classes visited Maidenhead Mosque to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Muslim faith. Islam means ‘Peace’ and it was very calm and peaceful in the Mosque. We were invited into the main prayer area and marvelled at the magnificent dome and chandelier. This was provided by donations from local Muslins as part of Zakat (the third pillar of Islam, encouraging donations to worthy causes).
We then heard more details about the 5 pillars of Islam, which we have been learning about in RE lessons. We could ask questions in greater depth and develop our understanding. We saw the special clock which tells people at what time they have to pray. The carpet has a particular pattern on it so that everyone knows which direction to face when they are praying (towards Mecca). Friday is the Islamic special day and on that day there is a special service for everyone.
We saw the wudu area where everyone washes their feet before praying. We were shown a Qur’an and some of it was read out to us, explaining that the Arabic writing went from right to left. We learnt that the Minaret outside was used to call Muslims to prayer. This doesn’t happen in Maidenhead so as to not disturb the residents but in Islamic countries a person climbs the tower and
calls out ‘hurray up and come to prayer’.
We really enjoyed our visit to Maidenhead Mosque, especially learning from a Muslim about their commitment to the faith and how they live their life according to these beliefs.