When Muslims pray at the mosque, they stand very close together in long lines. Muslims all make the same movements together, at the same time and they always face East, towards Mecca (or Makkah). Mecca is a holy place for Muslims where they make a pilgrimage at least once in their lives. There are no pictures or ornaments in the mosque, as these are believed to distract from prayer. The Koran is the Muslim holy book.

First broadcast:
12 November 2007

While watching the clip, encourage the children to copy the boy when he explains how Muslims pray. Use a compass and identify the direction of Mecca (also known as Makkah). Another activity could be comparing the way that Muslims and Christians pray. What is the same and what is different? You may wish to inform the class of how often Muslims pray and what they say. This work could also lead on to looking at prayer in other faiths including Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.