Mercy Mosque Experience

Becca Rhein ’15

Comparative Religions is a class that is unique to Mercy. The class gives the students a chance to see what separates Catholicism and other religions. Recently, students had the opportunity to see this first-hand on their field trip to the Mosque.
Students had to dress in long pants and shirts. Also, we had to bring a scarf to wear as the hijab. While there, students were able to ask any questions.
Overall, this is what we learned:

-The hijab is not worn to oppress women. Instead, it is optional and varies on both the women’s beliefs and her culture. When the women do wear it, it is used to represent the similarity between themselves and Mary.
-Muslims fast for an entire month, called Ramadan. This month varies every year, going back 10 days every year. However, from sunset to dusk, they cannot eat or drink anything.
-They pray five times a day, including at sunset and at dusk.
-A Muslim man can marry a woman of any faith. However, Muslim women can only marry Muslim men.
-Weddings can be anywhere. The only thing that must be consistent in all Muslim weddings is a contract written and signed by the bride and groom.
-The muslim faith also believes that people have three days to mourn after a death. Therefore, the body must be buried within 24 hours and the other two days are spent celebrating the person’s life.
   Overall, the Mosque was a wonderful experience. Even though nobody is planning on converting anytime soon, the field trip allows students to see similarities and differences between two seemingly opposite faiths. Also, it is helping to break down stereotypes.
One of the amazing parts of the Mosque was the huge chandelier

One of the amazing parts of the Mosque was the huge chandelier

The ceiling at the mosque was one of the prettiest parts

The ceiling at the mosque was one of the prettiest parts

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