Visit a Mosque

A mosque is any building dedicated for Islamic worship. In Arabic there is a distinction between the smaller, privately owned mosque and the larger, "collective" mosque (Arabic: جامع‎, masjid jāmi‘), which has more community and social amenities.*

The mosque serves as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer (Arabic: صلاة‎, salāt) as well as a center for information, education, and dispute settlement. The Imam leads the prayer.*

Virtual Tours

The following links provide virtual tours of popular and historical mosques. Integrated into the lesson plans, these websites might provide additional educational, and entertaining, material for the curriculum.

My Mosque and I, a Guided Tour by Reasat Protik

Reasat Protik, a high school senior in Flushing, New York, gives us a brief tour of his place of worship in "My Mosque and I."  Like many other Muslim youth, part of his social life and upbringing revolves around the mosque. In his case, it happens to be Masjid Fatima in Woodside, Queens, home to a growing Bangladeshi community.  Masjid Fatima serves as a social and spiritual hub for over a hundred families.

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The Suleymaniye Mosque

The Suleymaniye Mosque is located in Istanbul, Turkey, this mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman I in 1500 and completed in 1557. The Suleymaniye Mosque is considered a masterpiece of the Ottoman Empire.

The Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia

A virtual tour of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah Munawarah, Saudi Arabia.

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