A mosque is a place where a Muslim community comes together, especially in a country like the United States, in which Muslims are a minority. A mosque is not only a place for prayer; it can be a community centre that hosts events and lectures as well. In order to make your mosque feel more like a community institution, ask your members to create paper crafts to decorate the mosque -- either permanently or during holy periods. Keep in mind that Islam generally does not allow depictions of humans or animals.
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Barakah Life, a Muslim activities website, has a list of crafts and projects that Muslims -- and especially Muslim children -- can participate in for Ramadan. One of those projects consists of streamers in the shapes of crescent and stars that can be hung up around a room. These same streamers could be hung up around a mosque during the suhoor and Iftar meals of Ramadan. In order to do this, cut out stars and crescent shapes from paper or card material and string them along pieces of string. Then tape those strings across a room in the mosque.
A Minbar Project
Muslims pray facing the direction of Mecca and every mosque has a place which points in that direction. The direction of Mecca is called the qibla and that place in the mosque is called the minbar. In order to bond your community, have members of your community come together to create a mural or simulated stained glass by fusing different designs made out of paper. This might look like a quilt made out of paper that you can hang on the wall to indicate the direction of Mecca.
Barakah Life also has a mosque card project on its website. Muslims often send each other greetings for holidays such as Ramadan. Make a personalised card for your friends and family on Ramadan or on either Eid with mosque designs on it. To do this, you can fold a piece of construction paper in half to make the card shape. Then, cut out the shape of a dome and/or a minaret from any other kind of paper, colour it however you wish and glue it onto the card. Then write either "Ramadan mubarak" or "Eid mubarak" on it and address it to a specific person or family.
Mosques for Education
You can also use paper crafts to teach children about famous mosques around the world; this project will work for Muslim children in a mosque class or for children in a religion or world civilisations class. Have students choose a famous mosque and then have the students make a poster of that mosque. The background can be posterboard and the mosque can be depicted using paper and markers or paints.
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