Frequently Asked Questions
The Windsor Islamic Association (Windsor Mosque) has an open door policy to all members of the extended community. We welcome visitors and guests, and even have a guided tour program, should you be interested in just visiting the Mosque. We offer a tour of the worship area, a presentation on religious concepts and practices. Please feel free to call the main office and book your visit, should it be for an individual or a group we will be happy to accommodate.
Q: What is a Mosque?
A: A Mosque is a place of worship used by Muslims. The English word "Mosque" is derived from its Arabic equivalent, Masjid, which means "place of prostration." It is in the Mosque that Muslims perform their prayers, a part of which includes placing the forehead on the floor.
Q: How is a Mosque used?
A: Mosques play a vital role in the lives of Muslims. The primary function of the Mosque is to provide a place where Muslims may perform Islam's obligatory five daily prayers as a congregation. A Mosque also provides sufficient space in which to hold prayers on Fridays, the Muslim day of communal prayer, and on the two Muslim holidays, called Eids, or "festivals."
Q: Is a Mosque a holy place?
A: A Mosque is a place that is specifically dedicated as a place of prayer. However, there is nothing sacred about the building or the place itself. There is no equivalent of an altar in a Mosque. A Muslim may pray on any clean surface. Muslims often pray in public places.
Q: How big are Mosques?
A: In North America, Mosques vary in size from tiny storefronts serving a handful of worshipers, to large Islamic Centers that can accommodate thousands.
Q: Do Mosques welcome visitors?
A: Mosques welcome visitors. Tours can be arranged at most facilities. It is always best to call the Mosque administration before arrival. They will want to make sure your visit is enjoyable.
Q: What are the distinctive features of a Mosque?
A: The prayer hall, in each Mosque is oriented in the direction of Mecca, toward which Muslims face during prayers. In North America, Muslim worshippers face northeast. Prayer halls are open and uncluttered to accommodate lines of worshippers who stand and bow in unison. There are no pews or chairs. Members of the congregation sit on the floor.
Because Muslim men and women form separate lines when they stand in prayers, some Mosques will have a balcony reserved for the use of women. Other Mosques will accommodate men and women in the same prayer hall, or they may have two separate areas for men and women.
You can visit the Mosque; view one of 5 daily prayer services, converse with the many members of a mosque. If you have any questions, you can also discuss them with the tour guide.
If you wish to visit the Mosque, please contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us on (519) 966-2355 and one of our mosque-guide will get back to you within 24 hours.
Visitors Guide Information:
A usual visit to the mosque consists of the following:
- Power point presentation about Islamic faith and practice
- Q&A and discussion session.
- A guided tour of the prayer hall accompanied by a faith guide.
- Observation of one of the daily or special prayer services (depending o time of visit).
- Free literature on Islam for all visitors.
General Rules: Visitors are requested to:
- Respect the peace and prayer of worshipers inside the Mosque.
- Remove their shoes in certain specific areas around the mosque.
- Keep food and drinks out of the mosque, except areas that have been designated as eating areas.
- Avoid bringing any animals into the mosque.
- Keep the mosque’s building and courtyard clean by disposing off litter properly and safely.
- Avoid smoking in the building and on the mosque’s courtyard.
- All adult visitors and children above the age of 12 are requested to observe modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing (long skirts or trousers & no shorts)
- Most aspects of a standard dress code are quite appropriate as long as arms and legs are covered.
- Female visitors may cover their heads if they wish to show respect to other worshipers or to enrich their own experience.