# WHY do we build mosques? The spiritual center

# Umma: the concept of Muslim collective group :

Let us ask ourselves : why do we need a mosque to begin with? After all, a Muslim can pray anywhere that is spiritually clean and The (whole) earth has been made a mosque (Hadith from Prophet Muhammed SAWS, Sahih Bukhari).

The point is, NEVER IN THE QURAN DOES ALLAH ADDRESS MUSLIMS AS BELIEVER BUT, ALWAYS AS BELIEVERS. Role of mosque in Islam is of vital importance because it gathers the Muslims five times a day irrespective of their race, color and financial status. It gives them a message to stay united and worship the Unik as a unit. Mosques represent unity among the Muslims and every Muslim have to stand shoulder by shoulder to the other Muslim to offer prayer to Allah almighty.
To understand the role of mosque in Islam, just consider the reward God gives you for donating even a few cents in the construction of a mosque. You, then, get rewards everytime someone offers a prayer in this mosque or do good (charities, education…) :

“Whoever builds a mosque for Allah, Allah will build for him likewise in Paradise.”
[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim


# The Mosque in God’s words : God encourages Togetherness in worshipping Him:

The Friday prayer or sermon, khutba, is considered to be compulsory for all male Muslims. And God made it more beneficial for everybody to gather in Mosques.

9:18The mosques of Allah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish prayer and give zakah and do not fear except Allah , for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided.
Surat At-Tawbah (The Repentance) – سورة التوبة
Verse 18 – Sahih international

Indeed the Masajids are the houses of Allah (swt), where His (swt) name deserves mention, be Glorified and Praised as Allah says. And they are the places where his name is mentioned through the day and through the night as Allah says:

24:36[Such niches are] in mosques which Allah has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings
Surat An-Nūr (The Light) – سورة النور
Verse 36  –  Sahih International

# The Mosque in the Prophet’s words:

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said:

Salat in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Salat performed individually.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

A mosque therefore becomes a meeting place for Muslims 5 times a day. All Islamic Services, the five daily prayers, the Friday noon service, the festivals and the pilgrimage to the house of Allah are so organised as to ensure the co-operation of all sections of the Muslim society.

Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet said :

“The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is multiplied 25 times as much as that of the salat offered in one’s house or in the market alone. And this is because if he performs wudu and does it perfectly and then proceeds to the mosque , with the sole intention of praying , then for every step he takes towards the mosque he is upgraded one degree in reward and one of his sins is taken off from his accounts.

When he offers his salat , the angels keep on asking Allah’s blessings and Allah’s forgiveness for him as long as he he is at his Musalla (place of prayer) .They say ‘O Allah ! Bestow your blessings upon him, be merciful and kind to him. And one is regarded in salat as long as one is waiting for the Salat.”
[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 11 “Call to Prayers : Adhan”, Number 620]

# The Mosque in a non-muslim words:

Sir William Muir writes in his book “The Life of Muhammad” (p 177):

“Though crude in material, and insignificant in dimensions, the Mosque of Muhammad is glorious in the history of Islam.
Here, the Prophet and his Companions spent most of their time; here, the daily service, with its oft-recurring prayers was first publicly established; and here, the great congregation assembled every Friday, listening with reverence and awe to messages from Heaven. Here, the Prophet planned his victories; here he received embassies from vanquished and contrite tribes; and from hence issued edicts, which struck terror amongst the rebellious to the very outskirts of the peninsula. Here by, in the apartment of Aisha (one of the wives of the Prophet), he breathed his last, and there, side by side with his first two successors he lies buried.”


AMOSQUEAfriDAY #4: Al Haram Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

# History:

Known as the holiest place for muslims, Al Haram mosque contains the Kaaba wich is the first house built for humanity to worship Allah.

The Kaaba was built by angels before the creation of humanity, as the equivalent of “Bayt Al Ma’mur”, the House around which those in the heavens circumambulate. First reconstructed by Adam (ASS = Upon him prayer & peace), Prophet Abaraham (ASS) and others reconstructed it after. The Kaaba represents the place where ALL muslims from all over the world gather and circumambulate together as one men, worshipping One God.

The first construction of  Al Haram Mosque, which surrounds Al Kaaba (the black cube), started under the authority of the Caliph Umar Ibn al Khattab in 638 and has continued through centuries to face the growing number of pilgrims visiting the mosque. Mecca’s Mosque, the first Holy place for muslims, reached an area of 400 800 m² and a capacity of 900 000 believers.


# Why Al Haram Mosque ?

Every muslim dreams to visit Masjid Al Haram. So after having tried to travel to mecca last year, Allah Gave me the opportunity to make the Umrah and pray in this wonderfull place a few weeks ago. Otherwise, Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala Said us in the Holly Quran :

When you arrive in Mecca the first thing you can see from far is the Royal Mecca Clock Tower wich indicates the place of Al Haram, the Holy Mosque. When we eventually entered the Haram, and as soon as I saw the Kaaba, my heart was full of a feeling words cannot describe. Ind I couldn’t control my tears. It looked so magnificent.

The most impressive thing was to see people from so different backgrounds, cultures, social status, speaking every languages and yet gathered in one place in remembrance of one God. All together, they choosed to leave this fast paced life for a while to ask for forgiveness, to pray for a loved one, to support a sick person, to reflect and meditate and worship and love.. All together, on one ground, for one faith, for The One.. Allah


# My jumuha in Masjid Al Haram

Jumuha in mecca  was special, it was the first time in my life I felt that Friday is a day of celebration. From 10 :00 am the Mosque was filled by people from all over the world  coming to hear the khutba and to pray the Lord.

Under a blazing sun, the Imam Saud al Shuraim started his lecture on fraternity in Islam and the importance of preserving brotherhood. I was really impressed by the humility of the imam, a mountain of knowledge and yet he ended his speech with : « If my speech is good, it’s from Allah, and if my speech is wrong it’s from me and sheitan »


Masjid : Mosque
Kaaba : cubic construction in the centre of Haram Mosque.
Bayt al Ma’mur : Kaaba of Angels
Khutba : Friday sermon





About me:

I am a french engineer in technology of information for mecanics. Currently, I am studying strategy in a business school in Paris.
My experience in Mecca made me change, and I think  I was not the same before and after the Umrah. So I sincerely recommend it to all my brothers and sisters in Islam to make this trip as soon as possible, you wil not regret it !

I hope you liked this article,
Peace be upon you.

AMOSQUEAfriDAY #3: Bilal Mosque, Mianwali-Kala Bagh Road, Daud Khel town, Punjab, Pakistan


Masjid Bilal, has an interesting formation history. Construction of masjid Bilal was initiated in 1986 by a local volley-ball club team, as there was no place for the team-members to offer prayer, in a rather remote and open-space area where team-members would assemble to play volley-ball. With the financial support of the volley-ball team-members, and road transport members and passengers using this route to travel to different cities of Pakistan, the masjid’s construction was completed in 1990, and it was inaugurated by Peer Muhammad Baqir Shah (from Kot-Galla Shareef).

The outside architecture of masjid Bilal resembles the architecture of the tomb of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (rehmatuAllah aliye), regarded as a Mujadid (revival of religion) by the Muslims of Hind (current day Pakistan, India and Bangladesh).  While the inside of the masjid uses concept of Mughal architecture, using hand cut glass and marbles, embodied using hand.


# Why Bilal’s Mosque ?

On a picnic trip from Mianwali to Kala Bagh, one of my friend, a native of Daud Khel, suggested that we make a stop-over at Masjid Bilal, located on the Mianwali-Kala Bagh Road, on the outskirt of Daud Khel town.

While, I rejoiced on the thought of stretching my legs and breathing mint air after a long ride on the car, in an area surrounded by miles and miles of farm-land, and sheep-herd munching grasses. The spectacle at the masjid, and its surrounding vicinity was no short of another excitement.

As we jumped off our car, we first marched toward a river adjacent to the masjid, which feeds its water supply from river Indus – Pakistan’s longest river – to enjoy the view. The air was cool, despite the intensity of the sun in the midst of the day. In this part of the world, hand-powered water pump is used to draw drinking water from underground sources, which makes the water naturally purified and high in mineral content.

The water drawn from deep underground makes it cool and refreshing day and night, and ideal for performing ablution. With my soul refreshed, I walked inside the masjid Bilal.


# My jumu’a in Bilal Mosque:

This small masjid has capacity for close to 100 people at any given time.

The mosque is located in a town known as Daud Khel, which is a town in the province of Punjab. Punjab is the name of a province in Pakistan, and also the name of a province in India. Before the partition of Hind, these two Punjab were like one province under the British colonial rule.

Well, actually, we stopped at the mosque, on our way from Mianwali to Kala-Bagh, for a short rest.

Word Glossary

Masjid – Mosque.
Mianwali, Kala Bagh, Daud Khel – Towns in Punjab, Pakistan.
River Indus – One of the five major rivers of Pakistan.
Kot-Galla Shareef – Name of a local Sufi institution.
rehmatuAllah aliye – May Allah’s mercy fall upon him.
Mujadid – revival of religion (usually during times of moral corruption).
Hind – Geographical region stretching current day Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Mughal – Name of the dynasty of Muslim emperors who ruled Hind.

# Where is Bilal Mosque, Pakistan ?

Jalaluddin Qureshi

About Me :

A soul which re-located to one of the most rural part of Pakistan, surrounded by lake, mountains,  and acres of farm-land, in a partial attempt to live the life of the Salafis far from the chaos of modern day city life. Currently serving as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Namal College, a non-profit private education institute aiming to uplift the standards of higher education sector in improvised and rural parts of Pakistan.

AMOSQUEAFRIDAY #2: University of Houston, Texas, United States


The University of Houston, founded in 1927, is deep in the heart of the 4th largest city in the United States: Houston. Along with the economic growth of the city, and as the energy capital of the world, Houston has seen a large number of foreigners settle down and contribute to its prosperity. Houston, with its very diverse population, welcomes each year thousands of international students coming from all around the world.

For about 30 years, passionate and good willing Muslim students have been building a strong organization within the University: The Muslim Student Association (UH MSA). Their mission is to facilitate and provide for the needs of Muslims on campus as well as educating the University of Houston community at large. Thus, all sorts of events, meetings, and activities are organized during the academic year. Also, daily prayers and Jumuah prayer are held on campus. Hence, Muslim students could easily purify, reinforce their faith and worship God.


Two different locations are offered to the Muslim community:
– A peaceful area within the library: MD Anderson Memorial Library. One would be studying for his exams, perform his prayers on time, and ask God for His knowledge.
– A wider place where each religion represented on campus is provided with infrastructures and amenities: the AD Bruce Religion Center.


Jumuah prayers are held in the religion center, which isn’t by the way a mosque even though one may consider the following hadith from our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):

“The (whole) earth has been made a mosque (or a place of prayer) and a means of purification for me, so wherever a man of my ummah may be when the time for prayer comes, let him pray”

Sahih Bukhari 335


# WHY UOH’s “Mosque” ?


Although it isn’t exactly a mosque, I still considered sharing my experience of Jumuah with you on AMOSQUEAFRIDAY. It isn’t its architecture but its people that encouraged me to tell you about my Jumuah at UofH. It is always great to meet fellow Muslims with different backgrounds, from different countries. It’s even better when brothers our age do khutbahs. As a matter of fact, one cannot imagine such a possibility in a French University, where performing the daily prayers all together and on time is still a dream. No one would even think of the University offering those infrastructures and amenities to its students.

And here are an overview of the amazing organisation that leads me to write this article:

And if you want to know more about UHMSA 🙂



The MSA leading team is doing a great job in preparing Jumuah prayer. I feel like Khutbahs in the English language are awesome. I don’t know why but I guess it’s because of the American way of giving speeches.


Todays’ Khutbah was about dealing with adversity. What should be our mindset when facing difficulties and hardships? To cut a long story short, going through difficulties doesn’t mean God is punishing us, but instead, reality is otherwise. God is trialing us so that we become better. The speech was illustrated with various verses of the Quran as well as Hadiths.


Ilyes S.

About me:

I am a French Biomedical engineering student pursuing my last year of masters. I just started and I am already learning lots of things. 
I hope getting involved in the majority of the MSA’s activities and make long life friends during my journey in the US. GO COOGS ! 

I hope you really appreciated reading this small article.  And, InshaAllah, if so, I ll find time to share with you my wonderful experience in different mosques.

Peace be upon you,

AMOSQUEAFRIDAY #1: Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia

# Quran recitations in the morning:

Gili Air is a small little island that you could literally walk around the island in about an hour or two. It’s just off the coast of Lombok, neighbour to the famous (should I say infamous) Bali. The only motor vehicles are the motorboats. For transportation in the island, you can travel around in a “Sodomo” which is a horse cart or on a bicycle which you can easily rent.


So it was our second night there and at around 4am, there were recitations played quite loudly from the nearby mosque. I was quite surprise because there weren’t any recitations on the first night.

Also, initially, we have had this expectation that the Gilis (there are three Gili islands) are predominated by western travellers who seem to be party revelling quite a fair bit. Alhamdulillah, Gili Air still retains its natural islamic environment and thus I was quite pleasantly awaken in the early morning.


# The cool walk to the mosque:

The night air around Gili Air is surreal. As I woke up just before Subuh, I rushed to wash my face and groggily made way through the dark roads (there were no street lamps) to the mosque. My eyes were pretty much half closed actually.

But with just a few long strides, the blast of cold air on my wet face was a really refreshing wake up blast. Then I noticed how beautiful the fajr sky is.

Unfortunately our camera was not sensitive enough to capture the thousands of flickering stars lacing the sky around the crescent moon.

Occasionally I would hear loud thuds on the ground. I presume it must have been coconuts as the loud thud sounds always seem to come from the direction of coconut trees. To which, I stayed very far away from coconut trees at night.


# Prayers for Fajr:

I do realise that this was supposed to be AMOSQUEAFRIDAY for Friday prayers but we were pretty much travelling and doing musafir prayers so Fajr was the most convenient time to pray together in a congregation. Hope it’s okay with you yeah.

gili6Praying outside the main hall: During main congregational prayer, women pray outside. If you missed the main congregational prayer, you can start another after but outside.


Well, most of the jema’a were men. There was only one woman during the congregational prayers. It seems to me that the mosque has only one prayer hall and the only woman prayed just outside the main prayer hall.

With reference to most mosque in Indonesia, the mosque is comparably big. It was a surrounding compound and brick walls around the perimeter. It’s quite cosy and I think this is great as Gili Air is really a small island. I mean you could do your morning runs, running around the island as your laps.

The main prayer hall

It appears to have the same group of people visiting the mosque on a daily basis. Occasionally you would get tourist like me but I guess if you’re visiting, it’s quite unlikely that you would visit a mosque during your travels, no?

Let me know if you do find mosques when you’re on your travels too!


# Invited for Tea:

So I hurried back with the intent of catching the sunrise in the morning. Personally I love sun rise as compared to sunsets because the beautiful sceneries last longer. Just along the path out of the mosque, an elder man appeared to walk behind me as well. He smiled and I give my salaam to him. And we talked for a while. Surprisingly he suddenly invited me back home for tea.

Of course, I said yes.


Well it’s just normal tea and we didn’t have much to chat about anyways but I find the gesture very welcoming and warm. I never thought of inviting any Muslim tourists who come to Singapore for their travels but the elder man made it look as though it was a very natural thing to do.

Perhaps, the next time I meet a Muslim tourist in my own country, I would invite him back for tea or at least have a cup of cuppa with him at a nice cafe.


# Recommend Gili Air?

Definitely. (By the way, it’s pronouced, locally as Gi-li A-yer not AIR)

It’s a beautiful island populated by mostly Muslims. However, I think it would be quite crowded around the July/August period. Try to avoid this period as prices get really exorbitant.

So yeaps, that’s my story. I do hope to hear more stories from other fellow brothers/sisters visiting different mosques in different countries!

# Where is Gili Air ?

Amin Nordin

About me:

I’m an reclusive hermit who’s socially very adept. However, I prefer to spend time alone, designing beautiful digital products and finding hidden gems around my everyday surroundings. I run my own tech company and if you wish to connect, email me at a@qiscus.com.

AMOSQUEAfriDAY #0: One concept, Your articles, Our Mosques


Dear readers, friends, brothers and sisters… and soon colleagues 😉

Thank you for your feedback (which were quite positive) and suggestions of great Ideas. Here is one for our common future :

Thank’s to God’s Blessings (El HamdouliLah) and to your support and interest, this AMOSQUEADAY-Ramadhan2013 project has been pretty successful -given the number of visits and views, your feedback by e-mail, comments or in live and the interest of the media on it.

So why stop short of our Mosques visit and culture discovery ?

We can continue our Islamic world tour through the center of the muslim communities, which are the mosques. Let us think BIG, let us think Oumma ! So, you yourself submit an article about your jumua (friday prayer) experience in the Mosque you grew up in, the one you celebrated your union in, the one you passed by on a trip or any mosque of your choice that made an impression on you for some reason. We would keep a common skeletton with a short historical part and paragraphs on prayer, architecture or whatever? Any idea ?

This will enable us to travel all over the world, through the cultural and personal prism. To give you an idea, these are the countries from where you, readers-contributors, visited the website:


So we will have a very rich and colorful overview of the muslim communities and initiatives all over the world !



You got the broad picture ? Now, you design the future of AMOSQUEADAY:

Thank you dears 🙂 Looking forward to our collaboration !



Built under Phase Two of the Mosque Building Fund, the masjid with its box-like structure and tall minaret stands out amid the HDB nearby. 


Built in 1983, the mosque had undergone a major upgrading in 2006 which increased its capacity to 2,500 worshippers.

It offers daily kindergarten and madrasah classes.  Muslims can also benefit from its computer classes, which are jointly organized with self-help groups.


Here are some of the services offered by the Mosque:

“Center for Islamic Thinkers” as stated on the Mosque’s facebook page, which is a greatly ambitious description.
“Islamic Education Centre” where some of my closest Singaporean friends have had their part-time madrassah classes.
“Marriage Preparatory and Counselling”, take note of this, it might be useful one day; otherwise they also provide witl “Family Counselling”.




When I first saw the mosque, I thought it was a portable prefabricated building. I decided to pray in En-Naeem mosque on Eid day for two reasons:

  • It is my neighborhood mosque and I find this pure serenity and happiness when walking to the mosque on Eid day while singing the Takbir:
  • It is the mosque where some of the greatest people I have met during my stay in Singapore grew better as muslims and human beings -basically, it was their part time madrasah.

images (1) First impression when reaching the mosque?


Malay Rainbow !


In France, for Eid, women would wear any color from the black ‘abaya to -very- moderately colorful clothes. Men would wear the bright with qamis which gives an image of purity going out of the mosque. In Singapore -and certainly Indonesia and Malaysia- a joyful rainbow surrounds the mosque. En-Naeem is not so small but many worshippers were waiting outside for the second round of Eid prayer as muslim flow to mosques to celebrate Eid altogether. And it is not for no reason that we start our joyful gathering with a communication with God the Greatest.

And the mosque seemed to have been decorated especially for this day with the child works and paintings:


After the prayer, we would wish a Blessed Eid -Eid moubarek- to the sisters who shared this “Opening ceremony” of Eid celebration with us and we would great them the same way as after any prayer. In France, it seems much warmer because it highly contrasts with the regular days. Uselly, we would only say salam to everybody when entering the mosque while waving our hand or at most shake people’s hands. But after Eid prayer, we would kiss each other (including people you don’t know) and wish a Blessing Eid and good for every year: Eid moubarek, koul ‘am wa anetoum bikhayr.


After the colorful prayer, we went back home to offer my Singaporean mum and landlord a humble gift for Eid. She was really moved, it is not part of the local culture, people would rather give an enveloppe with money to the children and elder people in every house they visit. It is the same in Arab countries. But I guess I owe this to my french background, I love to spend time thinking about what would make the other one happy. Money is very convenient because then your friend may buy anything he wants, but there is not the friendly and lovely intention. I would cherrish the time I spend thinking about a great personalised gift idea, the time I spend wrapping the gift and the moment when I can observe the amazement, happyness, love, gratefulness in the other’s eyes.

eid4Then, we had the start the tough part of Eid, the HOUSE RALLYE ! I’m kidding, I am currently completing my master degree and I’m still studying, I qualify for the Paket Raya (envoloppe of money, ;))

I would go from one grand mother’s house to another and the next day from one aunt’s house to another. The atmosphere is so homely and joyful and people are so welcoming even when it is a family gathering and it is the first time they meet you. However, I think I have grown 50 poungs bigger because of their generosity and the very dangerously delicious biscuits and briyani.

eidSo this is the last article of the Ramadhan 2013 in Singapore, we raised up to the challenge and completed the Race, with God’s Help and Blessings. Tomorrow, I will share with you are next project to which all of us will contribute inshaAllah 🙂

Thank you for your support, thank you to the welcoming Mosques, thank you to the amazing people I met this month and Thank you all of you, awesome readers, for your feedback !

BarakaAllah feekoum, May God Bless you !


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