Quick Guide: Islam
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Major religion

Muslim beliefs

Pillars of Islam

The mosque

Muslim sects

The mosque

Muslim places of worship are known as mosques. The Arabic word is masjid.

Although a special building is not required for worship, many mosques have minarets from which the call to prayer is made.

Before entering a mosque, worshippers remove their shoes and conduct a ritual washing. Everyone sits on the floor and is considered equal.

Women can attend mosques, but must sit apart from men. It is commonplace for women to pray at home instead.