There’s a barn near our house that local kids say is haunted. “When you step inside, you can feel the temperature drop!” I know. Spare the logic. It will do you no good! There is such mystery about the place, even with sun-to-shade realities being what they are, the reputation is hard to shake. Similar mystery also swirls around others’ places of worship.
Have you ever visited a mosque? If so, good for you. If not, it’s a good idea. A Christian isn’t cheating on Jesus by visiting a mosque. In fact, it will probably make you a better Christian. (Tweet this.) Both Jesus’s words and his example encourage us to connect with people we tend to view as outsiders.
Here’s how to do it:
- Call ahead: Mosques aren’t always open and the leaders may prefer visitors at specific times. Go Friday mid-day, and it will be the busiest. But you’ll also get to (have to?) sit through a sermon!
- Go with friends: Pre-arranging with some buds will push you to actually go when the time arrives! Be aware, women should take a scarf and may be directed to their own place.
- Sock foresight: You’ll be asked to take off your shoes. This will feel weird, but it’s ok. And no one will steal them. (Unless you go to this guy’s mosque!)
- Kind and curious: Aim for a learner posture. Think of your visit as a class, not a crusade. Ask good questions. Sit in the back during prayer. Observe and pray.
- Expect to connect: Ask God to lead you to people who might be up for coffee and further conversation.
Feel free to email me if you want to visit a mosque, but have more questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)