Mosques & Holy Places
Personal safety and mosque security advice for Muslim Americans and institutions.
What is a Mosque?
What is a mosque? Is the Muslim place of worship supposed to be called a mosque or a masjid?
Islamic Mosque Architecture
A mosque (masjid in Arabic) is a place for worship in Islam. Although prayers can be done privately, either indoors or outdoors, nearly every community of Muslims dedicates a space or building for congregational prayer.
Looking through photographs of mosques around the world, one sees a lot of variation. Building materials and design depend on the culture, heritage, an…
The minaret is an essential element of Islamic mosque architecture. Learn more about its purpose and history.
The minbar is a raised platform on which a speaker stands when addressing the congregation in a mosque.
The "qiblah" is the direction in which a Muslim faces when praying.
A mihrab is an Islamic architectural feature that marks the location of the qiblah in a mosque.
Islamic prayer rugs are used to ensure that the area used for prayer is clean. One should not walk on a prayer rug with shoes on.
The Mother Mosque of America - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa is known for another historic reason, of which many people are unaware: the city of Cedar Rapids is home to the oldest Islamic mosque in the United States. Built in 1934, the "Mother Mosque of America" is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visiting a Mosque
Visiting a mosque for the first time can be an intimidating experience if you don't know what to expect. These tips and etiquette guidelines can help your visit be more comfortable and enjoyable.