Single female revert looking for a warm and welcoming Mosque

I was not sure what I would write about this week. With my recent move and starting a new job, I feel like I am constantly exhausted and am not as engaged as I normally am.

So I thought I would give a quick update on my Islamic explorations and get your thoughts and advice.

I have spent the last two weekends exploring Mosques around the city. There are still a few really big ones I have yet to visit, but so far I have visited nine Mosques.

To be honest, I am not sure I have found ‘my Mosque’ yet. Though, I don’t really know what I am looking for, or what I should be looking for.

I guess I still have in my mind the notion of a congregation dressed in their Sunday best that meets for pancake breakfast after Mass and being welcomed by the parish priest. It is so odd how parts of my upbringing pop up at the most unexpected moments – especially since I did not feel particularly strongly about these things growing up.

So… what am I expecting or hoping for? I suppose I am looking for a place where I can pray all of the five prayers, including Jumua – which I definitely did find. (I may pray mostly at home, but I would like to option.) I also hope it is a place where I can continue my education, and learn about lectures and other events around the city. (Though I have signed up for an Arabic and Qur’an class at a local Islamic Institute, which I will start in October. So excited!!) And I would like a Mosque where I can meet a diverse group of people to hopefully connect with.

So, what does it mean to you to belong to your community Mosque? What makes it feel like your community? Where did you find information about the Mosque – or from whom? How does one search for a Mosque?

9 responses

  1. Awesome post, and I know what you mean. I miss my old hometown mosque as it was filled with familiar and friendly faces compared to what I’m having to adjust to now, which is well, no place really. It’s all about the aunties I find, like if they’re warm and welcoming or not so much.. Great to hear about your move… πŸ˜€ May Allah make it of ease πŸ˜€ ameen. Masha’Allah. πŸ˜€

    Pink.

  2. Assalamu Alaikum!
    Good to hear you are hungry for knowledge…

    In west you would hear any act of civilian killing compared to jihad/struggle which is totally biased.

    Jihad/struggle is of different types: one of them is Jihad by the pen/knowledge; in Arabic it is called: jihad bil qalam/ilm. which is by writing in defense of Islam and spreading true nature and message of Islam…

    Messenger of Allah(Sallallaho Alaihe Wa’salam) once stated that the ink of a scholar is holier than the

    blood of a martyr; and one who is reading looks handsome in front of Allah.

    Go0gle search/google maps/ go0gle earth can be good source to find info…

    Allah Hafiz!

  3. β€œA person whose feet become dust ridden because of [striving] in the way of Allah will never be touched by the flames of Hell”

    { Sahih Bukhari, Hadith #2811}

  4. Asalaam Alaikum Sister I also know exactly how you feel. I just moved and today I will be visiting a new Masjid for the first time. It’s always a little nerve wrecking the first time you visit a new Masjid because you feel like the “new guy”. But once you find that one you’ll feel it in your heart and know this is the home you belong to. Watch and see

  5. Wishing you the best! Wow, 9 mosques! I have not even been to that many in total ever! I’d like to find one that’s a “fit” for me too, someday insha’allah. I wasn’t Christian before so I don’t have any basis of comparison of a previous house of worship, but have still been surprised and dismayed by a lot of my mosque experiences. I did see this directory though which might be helpful to you! http://faith-matters.org/resources/publicationsreports/developing-diversity

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