We can find out a lot about a person through their prayers. Worries, gratitude, hopes, fears, wants, and the list goes on. Whether one believes in God or not, and regardless of one's religiosity (or lack thereof), there has certainly been a point in one's life when prayers went up...and blessings came down. The woman seen praying here shared that she was asking God to grant her good health, as it was potentially declining. Intimate details and conversations shared by strangers turned confidants at the mosque. (Masjid As-Sabireen)
We can find out a lot about a person through their prayers. Worries, gratitude, hopes, fears, wants, and the list goes on. Whether one believes in God or not, and regardless of one’s religiosity (or lack thereof), there has certainly been a point in one’s life when prayers went up…and blessings came down. The woman seen praying here shared that she was asking God to grant her good health, as it was potentially declining. Intimate details and conversations shared by strangers turned confidants at the mosque. (Masjid As-Sabireen)

 

Friday is regarded as the holiest day of the week in Islam. There are many special observances that Muslims partake in, such as increasing the sending of blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and attending the mosque for Jummu'ah (Friday) Prayer. Because the mosque often gets crowded due to the number of attendees, the administration makes accommodations as the one pictured above. These are prayer rugs made out of straw-like and plastic material which have been laid outdoors to ensure that no one is turned away due to lack of space. (Masjid As-Sabireen)
Friday is regarded as the holiest day of the week in Islam. There are many special observances that Muslims partake in, such as increasing the sending of blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and attending the mosque for Jummu’ah (Friday) Prayer. Because the mosque often gets crowded due to the number of attendees, the administration makes accommodations as the one pictured above. These are prayer rugs made out of straw-like and plastic material which have been laid outdoors to ensure that no one is turned away due to lack of space. (Masjid As-Sabireen)

 

It's interesting to note that each of these women seated beside one another are strangers. Perhaps the  deepest connection they share is that they attend the mosque to offer Isha' (Night) prayer. Islam emphasizes love and unity - which means to embrace one another regardless of whether or not you personally know the person offering prayers beside you. As mentioned in previous posts, Muslims stand shoulder-to-shoulder praying in straight lines. In the event that a row remains incomplete (due to not enough people) then according to the teaching of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, the next person arriving for prayers is required to stand beside the last person in line as opposed to starting another line separate from others. This ensures clarity, order, and unity. (Masjid As-Sabireen)
It’s interesting to note that each of these women seated beside one another are strangers. Perhaps the deepest connection they share is that they attend the mosque to offer Isha’ (Night) prayer. Islam emphasizes love and unity – which means to embrace one another regardless of whether or not you personally know the person offering prayers beside you. As mentioned in previous posts, Muslims stand shoulder-to-shoulder praying in straight lines. In the event that a row remains incomplete (due to not enough people) then according to the teaching of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, the next person arriving for prayers is required to stand beside the last person in line as opposed to starting another line separate from others. This ensures clarity, order, and unity. (Masjid As-Sabireen)

 

This little one was distracted by watching other playmates at the mosque. Through the course of the Friday prayer, he tried venturing all around the ladies' section of the mosque until he finally sat back down next to his mother. (Masjid As-Sabireen)
This little one was distracted by watching other playmates at the mosque. Through the course of the Friday prayer, he tried venturing all around the ladies’ section. Children often roam the rows as mothers are praying and pick up anything shiny like keys and especially cellphones along the way. Usually they return them as soon as Mom sees an unfamiliar device in their hands. This little guy just went for a stroll and dutifully returned back to his Mom. (Masjid As-Sabireen)

 

Capture of a priceless moment: Two year old toddler following the motions of her grandmother seen praying beside her. Most Muslim children observe prayers offered by family members at home and can put into practice what they have learned when they attend the mosque with their families.  Not seen in the picture is the toddler's stuffed animal which her grandmother later explained accompanies her everywhere. (Masjid As-Sabireen)
Capture of a priceless moment: Two year old toddler following the motions of her grandmother seen praying beside her. Most Muslim children observe prayers offered by family members at home and can put into practice what they have learned when they attend the mosque with their families. Not seen in the picture is the toddler’s stuffed animal which her grandmother later explained accompanies her everywhere. (Masjid As-Sabireen)

 

This verse mounted on the wall of this mosque is from the Quran and reads: "And for those who fear Allah (God), He (Ever) prepares a way out. And he provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him." (Talaq, 2 & 3)
This verse mounted on the wall of this mosque is from the Quran and reads: “And for those who fear Allah (God), He (Ever) prepares a way out. And he provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him.” -Talaq, 2 & 3. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

Little guy who was absolutely exhausted from a fun-filled Friday at the mosque. This location has a toy room for young attendees to play in so they can remain occupied as parents play. In addition, this play room assists in making new friendships and the concept of sharing is truly put to the test. (Maryam Islamic Center)
Little guy who was absolutely exhausted from a fun-filled Friday at the mosque. This location has a toy room for young attendees to play in so they can remain occupied as parents play. In addition, this play room assists in making new friendships and the concept of sharing is truly put to the test. (Maryam Islamic Center)

 

 

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