Year 5 RE Visit to Zakariyya Mosque

Posted on 14th March, 2018

Year 5 RE Visit to Zakariyya Mosque

As part of the RE National Curriculum Year 5 and Miss Hislop went off to visit the Zakariyya Mosque on Peace Street, Bolton.

This is the central Mosque of Bolton and up to 3,000 worshippers as well as being a community hub for education, acts as a contact point for local groups and takes up social community responsibilities like holding birth, marriage and funeral arrangements.

The class got a tour of the mosque, after taking their shoes off and putting them in one of the many shoe racks and were amazed at the size of the rooms on every level. They saw where everyone prays and looked up at the decoration inside the quabba (dome) which represents looking up to heaven.

In the education room the class were fascinated looking at the Koran – all written in Arabic and they learnt about the Five Pillars of Wisdom and how Hajj forms part of these. Hajj is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that all Muslims are meant to do once in their lifetime as long as they are able to get there physically and afford to go on the visit. The class were impressed with the huge model of Mecca which had been made to show the people visiting what to expect when they go on their pilgrimage.

The final stop was to the Wudu room – the place where the ritual washing before worship takes place where they were able to sit and take a good look around.
Year 5 enjoyed their visit as they have a much better knowledge and understanding of another religion and are already looking forward to visiting a synagogue in Year 6.