Consider how Mosque buildings express Islamic beliefs and values
Have a look at this video clip to remind yourself about the religion of Islam and what a mosque is.
In Islamic art and architecture there are no images of Allah and for many Muslims no images of humans as they mislead rather than enlighten. Instead geometric and natural patterns are used to create beauty. Many religions have built beautiful and expensive buildings to celebrate and share their religion. Have a look at this article on the 10 most beautiful mosques in the world.
Which one do you think is the most beautiful? Why?
Here are four responses Muslims may have to the question, ‘Is creating beautiful mosques more important than giving to charity?’
1. “A mosque should be beautiful because it is for a beautiful activity: praying to the Creator of beauty is easier in the beautiful surroundings.”
2. “Mosques are not an alternative to giving money for the poor: Muslims do both because worshipping Allah and helping the needy are both really important.”
3. “God hears your prayer anywhere. No special place is needed to pray. A clean heart, a clean body and a clean prayer mat are all you need. So Muslims today should spend less on mosques and more on feeding the poor.”
4. Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] said that whoever builds a mosque on earth, God will build them a house in Paradise, so it is a good way to prepare for life after death.”
Do you think creating beautiful religious buildings is more important than giving to charity? Explain why you think this.