What does this mean in practice?

The mosque

Some mosques operate special schools called madrasahs during evenings and weekends to educate Muslim children about Islam and to teach them to read the Qur'an. Most children will attend the madrasah from five years old. Some of the learning includes:

  • To recite the Qur'an with tajwid – that is with correct pronunciation so it can be understood.
  • The Arabic language.
  • Islamic Studies, involving beliefs, prayer, fasting and other Islamic rituals.

Many mosques have family committees which can support Muslim families going through difficult times. Some mosques use their zakah funds to help families in financial difficulties. Mosques also act as social centres.

There are special prayer services during Friday lunchtimes, attended by fathers and sons, and special services attended by the whole family. In Islam, men and women pray separately.


Marriage is expected for all Muslims and sex should only take place within a marriage.

Marriage is intended to be:

  • for the mutual love and support of the husband and wife
  • for the sexual expression of love
  • for the conception and raising of children
  • to support a stable society

Care for the elderly

In Islamic countries (and in Muslim communities in non-Islamic countries) it is rare to find a retirement home. Caring for parents and the elderly is considered an honour and a blessing and an opportunity for greater spiritual growth.

It is not enough to simply pray. Muslims are expected to act with compassion. Mothers are particularly honoured.

Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to your parents. If one of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect, or scold them, but say a generous word to them.Qur'an 17:23-24
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