“Allah” is the Arabic word for God, used by Muslims and Arabic speaking Christians alike. It is a unique term since it has no gender and no plural forms. God is the Creator, the Lord of the Universe, the All-Knowing and the All-Seeing. He has 99 names, which describe His attributes. Allah is unlike anyone or anything imaginable. “Allah” is not the “Muslim God.” Muslims believe that there is only one God for all of humanity and creation.
A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. A mosque, or masjid in Arabic, means “place of prostration.” It is synonymous with a church for Christians and a synagogue for Jews. Mosques are often used as community centres where families can gather for social, educational and recreational activities
Men and women should dress conservatively when visiting a mosque, covering their arms and legs. Examples of inappropriate clothing would be shorts, short skirts and tank tops. Shoes are removed before entering the prayer area. Talking is not permitted during the sermon (khutba) on Fridays. Talking is discouraged during the call to prayer (adhaan). Muslims who are praying cannot talk or be interrupted until they’ve finished. However, other people who are not praying can talk silently. One should not walk in front of someone who is praying. When prayers are not taking place, everyone is free to talk and interact respectfully as one would in any religious institution.