Religious Studies KS2: The Mosque

Twelve-year-old Kaisan visits the East London Mosque ("masjid" in Arabic) with his dad.

It's a place to pray, study, and learn how to be a good human being from the iman (holy man).

It is considered disrespectful to make pictures of God or the prophets in Islam, so mosques are decorated with patterns, calligraphy and stained glass.

Men and women have separate prayer halls, and they pray towards a niche in the wall that faces in the direction of Mecca.

This is from the series: My Life, My Religion - Islam

Teacher Notes

Find from the web some examples of mosques near to your school ('near' may mean 50 miles away in rural Yorkshire or in Cornwall for example, but this still makes the study more local).

Use web images and mosque sites to examine with the class what is similar and what is different between the large purpose-built East London Mosque in the clip and other local examples.

Most purpose-built mosques have a dome and a minaret, but all mosques have somewhere to wash, a Qibla wall to show the direction of Mecca, and space to bow and pray.

Pupils could use the similarities and differences exercise to compare a mosque to another place of worship - church, temple, Gurdwara or synagogue for example.

This is from the series: My Life, My Religion - Islam

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Religious Education at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and First and Second Level in Scotland.

Being a young Muslim
video
The Qur'an
video
The washing ritual, 'Wudu'
video
Prayer in Islam
video
The Muslim pilgrimage, Hajj
video
Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr
video
The Hijab
video
What is Islam?
video