Where was it, what did you do and see at the mosque?
The Mosque was located in Auburn, named the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque to communicate Islamic connection to Australian society. Once we arrived at the Mosque, we sat outside and ate recess, observing the surroundings. We were then directed inside, first required to take off our shoes and place them on the provided shelves so as not to contaminate or 'dirty' the inside of the mosque. We went inside and sat on the floor and had a discussion about Islam beliefs and the rituals that take place inside the Mosque with a woman who worked there. I noticed religious decorations such as Arabic scribe on the roof, the fountain where Islamic people cleansed themselves before entering the mosque for prayer and the quibla wall. We then ate lunch at a nearby oval and then left to go back to school.
What did you learn? Identify major items/facts?
I learnt that Muslims pray five times a day, and whilst doing this, there are no pews, but they sit on the floor. Males and females are usually segregated to ensure full concentration on the service- I was also surprised the women see this as an advantage. Both men and women are required to dress modestly before entering the mosque. Because of the many stereotypes as submissive Islamic women, it was enlightening to see that women choose to dress this way as a way to gain equality- so they are not judged by their appearance by males. I also learnt that once in every Muslims life, they are encouraged to embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam.
What have you gained from the experience?
From visiting the mosque, I have gained insight into a new and foreign religion. Many of the names and terms were unknown to me, and it was interesting to learn about a way of life I have never really encountered before. I also enjoyed the classic Turkish 'Ottoman' architecture
Auburn Gallipoli Mosque