Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mosque Visit

Today we visited Nizamiye Masjid, a Turkish mosque in Midrand, Johannesburg.  Our tour guide, Ahnet Coban ,was very engaging and a teacher at the school.  We found several area of common ground such as education, humanitarian, and family.  The mosque is open to the public in hopes people will come to " build bridges between nations and destroy the barriers." Ahnet said, "If you don't know someone or something you slowly become and enemy of that person or thing, but when you come together and talk to each other it ties you together."  This is very much the work of Pubic Affairs to build bridges.  The ladies were asked to cover their heads while inside the mosque.
 On the wall are 99 circles and each one names an attribute of God such as; God is forgiving, God is merciful, God is good, etc.  We all enjoyed ourselves very much and felt a deep reverence during our visit.

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