“the whole world is a prayer room”

Mosque
This was not the mosque we visited!

Together with a group of other members of our church, I had the privilege of visiting a mosque yesterday evening.  They were welcoming and informative and we were allowed to sit at the back and watch the men at their evening prayers.

I found the ritual and movement fascinating – ‘whole body’ praying.  I asked afterwards what it means when Muslims put their hands up to the sides of their heads when they pray.  Our guide described it as casting the distractions of the world behind you and focusing on God.

I liked the importance placed on preparation – e.g. Muslims wash before they pray.  I think often Christians do not, individually, prepare themselves – I’m not suggesting we wash before we pray, but often we come to God in supposed ‘worship’ with no forethought about what we are doing or who we are worshipping.

Obviously there are many differences between our faiths, but I enjoyed the experience and the commonality of the desire of wishing to serve and worship God.

My favourite part of the talk our guide was when he was talking about being able to pray anywhere.  “The whole world is a prayer room,” he said.

Amen to that!

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6 thoughts on ““the whole world is a prayer room”

  1. Re ‘whole-body praying’ – I often wonder what’s going through people’s minds as they lift/wave arms and hands during the singing of hymns. It seems that, as soon as the chorus begins, up shoots the arm as if in response.

    1. Perhaps it is a response – we all express ourselves differently. If I lift my hands during worship, it’s usually because for me the words aren’t enough – I want to reflect my intent to worship and serve with a gesture. I suspect there are those who merely do it automatically or even to ‘look spiritual’ – but I wouldn’t want to judge on that score 🙂 Frankly, everyone’s motives are muddled…

      I know your comment wasn’t really about that, but it triggered the thoughts in my mind!

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