Religious Influences –
Descriptions of Core Beliefs, Rites and Rituals: Mosque Etiquette

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As stated in a previous lesson on the Five Pillars of Islam, Muslims are required to pray five times daily -- after sunrise, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, and at sunset. Muslims typically spend about seven to eight minutes in prayer at each interval and can pray alone or in a group. Praying can be in any clean area but is preferably in a mosque. Mosques play an important role in religious rituals in Afghanistan. You will find at least one mosque (masjid) in every Afghan village.  A village mosque serves other purposes.  In addition to being a house of prayer, it is used as a school room for traditional Islamic education of young boys prior to their formal education. It may also be used for local meetings and occasionally as a guest house. Travelers often stay overnight in mosques while villagers provide them with food and drink. Foreigners may also be invited into a mosque to meet with local leaders.

Always respect mosque etiquette.  Here are some rules to remember when visiting a mosque:

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