Call to prayers five times a day
Boston Youth Councillors continue their exploration of different cultures and faiths in the town as part of their educate and integrate project. Aerisha Waheed writes about her visit to the expanding mosque in Boston's Horncastle Road.
I visited the mosque on Horncastle Road, a small yet welcoming community. The Muslim faith is the second largest in the world, with one billion followers (and counting).
It faces many problematic, stereotypical behaviour towards the peaceful faith, as it increases in size each day. This mosque has recently had an expansion complete, as there are an increasing amount of people joining, especially converts from different religions.
Muslims have recently celebrated Eid, a celebration after their holy month of Ramadan and have said they were faced with many questions regarding this month by those of different faiths. In Boston, there is a high population of Muslims in comparison to other religious figures like Hindus and Buddhists.
In this particular mosque, there are a wide range of people who visit it daily; teenagers and children come to learn how to read the holy Quran in the approved way and learn more about their religion. You also have adult men who come to read their prayers five times a day.
I spoke to some important figures in the mosque, who said that, despite Boston not being an Islamic-based town at all, Muslims here are quite strict about obeying their beliefs and performing traditions.
Most people in Boston easily welcome Islam, which allows the Muslims to feel more comfortable about discussing their faith.
I asked how the town of Boston was culturally different to others. They said that some cities such as Bradford, Peterborough, Leicester are populated with a large percentage of Muslims. However, Boston has more than just one predominant religion, which makes it that bit more interesting.
It is imperative to teach the youth of today that Islam is not what it is made out to be in a lot of the media, so that they will not follow the same conventions when they are older. I experienced the true nature of Islam during my visit, and just by asking questions can help one understand more about a certain religion or culture.