Some brightness amidst what can be a distressing time for those in lockdown.
The British Children Building Mosques at Home During Quarantine
Helping children to express themselves is an important part of their development, perhaps even more important during the current lock-down. And as with adults, our children are missing experiencing their local mosque too.
Despite this, model cardboard mosques have been springing up in dining rooms, children’s bedrooms, and gardens across the country, helping us fill this gap in our lives and remind us of the beauty of prayer whilst we do #RamadanAtHome this year.
Kudos to the mums and dads who’ve helped with all the cardboard cutting, painting, and decorating for these innovative model mosques below!
One of our P6 pupils made a life-size model Mosque at home with her family as they are missing being able to go to their own Mosque during Ramadan. What a lovely idea 😌 pic.twitter.com/5PNWho4V01
— St Cadoc's Primary School (@stcadocsprimary) April 30, 2020
#Coronavirus may have stopped #Muslims holding communal prayers in #mosque for the first time in living memory (rightly so, #Covid19’s very infectious), but I’m pleased at how my daughter and I have recreated the #Ramadan experience at home. Sort of… #RamadanAtHome @LancsMosque pic.twitter.com/LAEhsPkXua
— #HelloMyNameIs…Takhsin (@AkhtarTakhsin) April 27, 2020
Bringing Ramadan to our Dining room. Subhanah helped make a mini Masjid(mosque) at home. 🙏🏼💗🥰 pic.twitter.com/3uTh5aW8lp
— Anisah rahman (@Anisahrahman13) April 24, 2020
One 8-year-old child in Bradford was featured on AboutIslam for building his own mosque at home below:
This organic creative expression of love for the mosque and daily salah (prayers) – more so during the current month of Ramadan – has been tuned into by a few mosque leaders and volunteers already.
Central Mosque Rochdale has launched a ‘Home Masjid’ photo competition project with a £50 prize to inspire more parents and children to get involved.
And West London Islamic Centre has taken a digital angle, launching a 3D design competition together with the Muslim Engineers Network and Muslims in Rail professional networks, with a 3D printer, work experience and other prizes on offer.
Project Home Masjid
Create a dedicated prayer area in your home and send your pictures to 07512 377714 including your name and age
Deadline: Friday 8th May 2020 pic.twitter.com/bEk4D1Snh4
— Central Mosque Rochd (@CMRochdale) April 29, 2020
WLIC Presents: Design Your Own Mosque! Calling all students! Take part in this fantastic crash course in #3D design to create your own model mosque, just like WLIC. With a competition and chance to win great prizes. https://t.co/IiWVf6isPy #ProductiveRamadan #RamadanAtHome pic.twitter.com/f8z5uydG03
— W.London I.Centre (@wliconline) April 28, 2020
So what are you waiting for? Get your children, siblings, nephews, nieces, and anyone else sorely missing their local mosque stuck in and building their model mosque at home today!
Who knows, perhaps they’ll be the mosque designers, builders, and leaders of the future.
Have you seen any creative examples of model home mosques? Or any tips for getting your kids engaged? Please share in the comments below and help others to get involved!