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Old 05-03-2014, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Paranaguá, Brazil
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This is a question for non-Muslim users.

Have any of you ever visited a mosque? If so, what was it like?

I've been to at least four mosques in Brazil and one in Argentina. It's pretty cool to go inside one. Every mosque I've been to the people were pretty nice. I make sure that I be respectful to the Muslims while I'm inside the mosque.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Is there a large Muslim population in Brazil and Argentina?
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Paranaguá, Brazil
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Not really. I'm from Brazil, and Muslims aren't too common here. There are a lot of Lebanese people here, but only about ten percent of them are Muslim. Most Lebanese people here are Christian. Syrians are common here too, and they're more likely to be Muslim, but the Christians still outnumber them. Argentina has a larger Muslim community - probably the largest in Latin America. In both cases, the Muslims are mostly Lebanese or Syrian - other groups pop up from time to time, but they're not common. They're pretty well-integrated here and many of the younger ones do not speak Arabic. The Lebanese guy I'm closest with is a Muslim.
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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For the benefit of any non-Muslim posters.

If you have never been in a mosque and are curious. Most Mosques welcome visitor, actually I never saw one that didn't.

If you contact the Imam first, most will be glad to be certain you have accommodations for comfort, such as a chair (Mosques usually have no chairs, we sit on the floor.)

As to what to expect:

Here are some videos that might help

This first one is a virtual interactive tour of the Bolton Mosque in Manchester, UK

Bolton Mosque

this second one is what prayer in a Mosque is like

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Old 05-04-2014, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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This is a question for non-Muslim users.

Have any of you ever visited a mosque? If so, what was it like?

I've been to at least four mosques in Brazil and one in Argentina. It's pretty cool to go inside one. Every mosque I've been to the people were pretty nice. I make sure that I be respectful to the Muslims while I'm inside the mosque.
Yes. I spoke to the imam about questions I had about Islam. I've watched people perform wudu and salah. I've also been to the iftar at the mosque. Who can refuse free food
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Yes. I spoke to the imam about questions I had about Islam. I've watched people perform wudu and salah. I've also been to the iftar at the mosque. Who can refuse free food
Don't count on the free food, some of us are cheapskates.

Typically the Best food will be during Ramadan after Maghreb prayer.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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Yes I have. It was with a women's interfaith group. We toured the mosque, and had a question and answer session with the Imam and his wife. It was refreshing to hear the young women speak.

Very interesting experience. And we were FED!!
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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Yes I have. It was with a women's interfaith group. We toured the mosque, and had a question and answer session with the Imam and his wife. It was refreshing to hear the young women speak.

Very interesting experience. And we were FED!!
As Usario mentioned you should be there for iftar (The Breaking Fast meal during Ramadan) immediately after the evening prayer (Maghreb) during Ramadan.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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This is a question for non-Muslim users.

Have any of you ever visited a mosque? If so, what was it like?

I've been to at least four mosques in Brazil and one in Argentina. It's pretty cool to go inside one. Every mosque I've been to the people were pretty nice. I make sure that I be respectful to the Muslims while I'm inside the mosque.
Yes. It is a lot like church, except people sit on the floor instead of in pews.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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Yes. It is a lot like church, except people sit on the floor instead of in pews.
Big plus, no sermon except on Friday Jummat.
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