References to Masjids in Quran sharif

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alam
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References to Masjids in Quran sharif

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Unread post by alam » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:07 am

We muslims and Bohras are used to masjids and mosques, as khuda Nu ghar, Baytullah, and so are most places of worships (Church, synagogues temples) referred to as House of God or something similar.

Any references in the Quran that explain this description. Simple question but puzzling too. How did this narrative come to be generalized across different faiths and religions both Abrahamic and others.



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Unread post by salim » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:28 pm

Hi Alam,

Quran speaks very broadly about the places of worship. There is a famous hadith of prophet where he said - “the whole world is a Masjid”

“(This light is found) in houses which Allah has allowed to be raised so that His name is remembered there, where He is glorified in the mornings and in the evenings.” (Qur’an, 24:36)

The Prophet and the earliest Muslim community living in Mecca had no special place of worship and the arrangements for communal worship were informal. After the hijarat to Medina, the courtyard next to Prophet Muahammad's house became the place of worship. This was both a place of communal prayer as well as a socio-cultural centre. It was an ambassadorial space where envoys were received. The shaded space - called the suffa - at the back of the courtyard of the mosque provided shelter for the poor, travelers and visitors who spent the night in the mosque.

Along with Mosque, throughout Muslim history, there are many types of spaces were used for religious purposes. Some of these complementary and co-existent places include the famous Khanaqahs (Iran, Syria, Egypt), Zawiyas, Tekkes, Ribats, Imambaras (12er shias), and Dargah, each name denoting a particular purpose or group affiliation. The practices performed in many of these spaces differed from that performed in the mosque.

We Bohras, Ismailis, Memons and Chishti Sufis pray in Jamat Khana's