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Unformatted text preview: Andrew H. Moy REL 358: Intro to Islam A Spiritual Reflection F riday April 8 th 2011, 12:50pm. I borrow my roommates’ car, and have the “spiritual committee” leader Richard (from my fraternity) joins me in a trip for the Friday mid-day prayer at the Darul Arqum Islamic Center. We get there at 1:00 hoping to see the before, during, and after of this experience. Once I get into the prayer room, I see several of my classmates sitting in the back, so I pull up a chair, and hope that what I’m about to see is going to be as enriching of a spiritual experience as I’ve been led to believe. Sociological Aspects: W hile I was driving up to the mosque I was intrigued by its simple yet elegant architectural design. You could tell from afar that there was something of a spiritual nature to this place. When I walked into the mosque I got an overwhelming sense of spiritual community. I felt like an outsider looking into a society built upon thousands of years of tradition. Weather I looked to my left or right, it seamed that everyone there knew everyone else, and they all had a mutual respect for each other, and the reasons they had all come together. A s I walked into the worship room (after removing my shoes) I was amazed at what I saw. Looking around at the aesthetics of the interior of the mosque I was amazed at how the simple, neutral wall colors, and the vast seemingly empty room gave off an immense spiritual impulse. Because of this simplicity of an interior, I really started to understand how this room had one main purpose, complete devotion of oneself to god. There was nothing to distract you had one main purpose, complete devotion of oneself to god....
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course RELIG 358 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '10 term at Iowa State.
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