Visited a mosque before?

Log: Day 02 in Sydney. 1pm AEST 6/7/10 Loc: Auburn Gallipoli Mosque.

// Part 01


Ever thought of rocking up to your local mosque one day and taking a tour?

Hm, wasn't the first thought on my mind either.


But as part of my cross-cultural training with WEC, in Sydney, I took a tour on Tuesday with a group of about 10 other Christians. Things that struck me: taking shoes off at the door. Incredible hand painting inside the building. The dome-shaped ceiling. The quietness. In fact it really seemed out of place to have a tour at all in a mosque, which would have been otherwise silent. Our female muslim guide, Suhayla
(not her real name), spoke with a remarkably clear voice and used a lot of Aussie cultural analogies. There was opportunities to ask questions, hard and easy.


Suhayla gave her muslim story of what drew her to Islam which was surprising. She said that the very precise prescriptions in Islam regarding the length of clothing for guys

(navel to below the knee) and girls (all covered except face and hands) were obviously devinely-given and couldn't have been manmade! Interesting.






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