Namazgâh and prayer in the open field

The word “namazgâh” – which means ‘place of prayer’ – is a compound of Persian word ‘namaz’ and preposition ‘gâh’ – which mean prayer and place respectively. Muslims have esteemed the prayer (i.e. salah) very much for centuries. And they have not neglected this worship even in the most difficult conditions including travelling. In Ottoman times, the places that were built in the countryside where there was no nearby mosque or masjid were called ‘namazgah.’ They are outdoor places of worship that are mostly used in summers and allocated for…

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Doors Wide Open

Cambridge Muslim community is preparing to announce that their doors are open to everybody. After recently held Islamic Arts and Culture Exhibition which attracted more than 4000 people in Cambridge Central Library, MEOC (Muslim Education and Outreach Cambridge) is now organizing another event; “Open Mosque Day” on December 4, 2010 during Mill Road Winter Fair. Muhammad Faisal of MEOC, the leader of the initiative, is happy with the local people’s attitude towards MEOC’s activities. “Last year, people of Cambridge came to the mosque and thanked for these lovely meetings which…

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