Meditation or Prayer

Sitting alone, a person silently talks to themselves; that conversation is not comprehensible for anyone but the divine. Was the person meditating or praying? Many people meditate in large groups; just like how many Muslims go to the local Masjid to pray toward Mecca together. Many others meditate in private, just like how one might say their prayers alone and silently before a meal. In most cases, the outward appearance of meditation correlates nearly exactly with the outward appearances of prayer.

 

Children read the Quran

Children read the Quran

The calming of the mind, the one-ness with the subject, the sense of achievement when capturing the final image are all parallels I can draw between “photography” and meditation or prayer.

All pictures were taken this Saturday when I visited the Brookfield mosque with my family. They held an open house for the newly constructed mosque. Beautiful, spacious room for all, conveniently planned children’s area and a lovely open concept make this a beautiful mosque for Muslims to worship in.

Brookfield mosque, Wisconsin

Brookfield mosque, Wisconsin

An elderly gentleman offers Namaz

An elderly gentleman offers Namaz

The Noble Quran

The Noble Quran

Azaan: Call for prayer

Azaan: Call for prayer

Beautiful lighting fixture at the entrance to the mosque

Beautiful lighting fixture at the entrance to the mosque