Archaeology is really all about telling stories. When an artifact is found, it helps us to tell the story of the people who made it and how they lived. When something larger is found like a whole ancient city, for example, it's almost like we can literally step into the shoes of our ancestors and walk around their streets, experiencing life as it was for them! We've seen some incredible archaeological discoveries come to light recently. Here is one of the best of them!
Deep in the desert district of Adrar in Algeria, a sixth century mosque which was covered in sand for centuries was unearthed when a massive whirlwind blew to reveal the ancient building. The 'hijri' century mosque is believed to be over 800 years old. To the Muslims mosques are important in the following ways:
1. Place of worship.
Mosques are places for the worship of Allah alone.
2. A Great Place to Spread 'Dawah' Culture.
Mosques can attract non-Muslims to Islam. Building mosques will give the local communities the opportunity to showcase Islamic culture and values to non-Muslims living in the area. This could make them curious about Islam and its beliefs, and giving them an opportunity to find out more.
3. Centre of Learning
Mosques are centres of learning and study of the Qur’an, Hadith and the Seerah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
4. The Home of Biggest Gathering of the Week
The Mosque holds the biggest gathering of the week that is Friday prayers. Friday prayer is obligatory upon every adult male. This magnificent building really shows the beauty of Islamic culture.
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