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Fireplace inside the Muslim Institute
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Clip Title: Somaia McTeer of the Abdullah Quilliam Society describes John Pool's view of the mosque
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"The so called Mosque is just an oblong building in the rear of the institute, erected in what was formerly the garden of the house. It will hold probably about 150 people and is fitted up very plainly with somewhat uncomfortable benches, the only ornamentation being several pairs of Burmese curtains, with here and there an Indian dhurri or prayer mat on the floor. At one end of the building is a small platform with a reading table, on which rests a copy of the Koran, while at the other end a portion is railed off as a sacred ground where only the faithful are allowed to enter, without shoes on their feet, as they wish to offer prayer and praise to Allah.

"In this room, he didn't mention that there was also a harmonium, because what used to happen is on the Sundays when the services were held, people would come, they'd hear a talk, and they'd perform some prayers, just general prayers to God, and they'd sing hymns. So the harmonium was the accompaniment to the Hymns.. and the Hymns were just slightly adjusted so that there was actually no reference to Jesus, the prophet Jesus peace be upon him as being the son of God.. and a very favourite was Abide with Me which they used to sing quite often here."


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