Crash Course in Islam — Mosques
>>STEVE ST. GEORGE: Hello. I'm Steve St. George. And this is your crash course in Islam. Today we will discuss if non-Muslims are allowed to go to mosque. Historically the Islamic world has been relatively tolerant and accepting of other religions. However nonbelievers were usually prohibited from entering mosques in the past. Today there are mosques that prohibit non-Muslims from entering. Most of them are in traditional Middle Eastern communities. But there isn't really any standard policy on who is allowed into a mosque. There are many mosques in Europe and the United States that are open to non-Muslims. But it is important to show proper respect in the mosque. Non-Muslims are still required to dress conservatively or perhaps take off their shoes. Also you must speak in a low voice. A mosque is considered a holy place. And the proper reverence must be shown. Some Mosques will close to non-Muslims during prayer times so that those praying are not distracted. Many mosques will be very welcoming. Some mosques even host community events or fundraisers, especially during Ramadan or other festivals that are open to non-Muslims.