SCHOOL VISIT TO STIRLING MOSQUE 2004
Article for Stirling Observer:
Islamic Centre in Stirling has been offering a service to the Primary
schools for the past six years where they provide a structured guided
tour of the centre.
We get requests
regularly from Schools and each year around 600 children come to
the centre. It is mainly
primary 5-7 classes although we have entertained primary 3 and 4
curriculum involves the study of different faiths in our multi-cultural
society. The Islamic centre tours help to give a better insight
into the Muslim faith. It also gives the children an idea about
the function of a Mosque within the Muslim community. Many schools
use the centre as part of the teaching of the Muslim faith.
The tours are
organised by volunteers from the local Muslim community. These volunteers
take time out from their busy lives and have helped to make this
project a success. The demand for visits has steadily grown over
the years and so has the team and the level of commitment required.
The tour involves
an introduction to the Stirling Mosque followed by the recitation
of the Holy Quran by the Imam. The Quran is the religious scripture
of the Muslim faith. After a brief introduction to the role of the
Mosque, the classes are divided into four smaller groups.
The guides take
these four groups around the centre. After the tour, the children
assemble in the community hall for a presentation about different
aspects of the Muslim faiths.
There are also
light snacks provided by the centre. This presentation is interactive and the children are encouraged to participate.
A questions and answer session concludes the visit.
one of the guides, explained, "The children seem to enjoy the
guided tour immensely. They are fascinated by their surroundings
and also enjoy touring the centre. In this day and age, it provides
an opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about Islam. The
children treat this as a day out and tend to be buzzing with questions
throughout the tour."
another regular guide said, "From the response we get back
from the children, we find that their favourite part of the tour
is the Wudhu area of the Mosque. Here the Muslims wash up before
they pray in a process called Wudhu. This gives the children and
teachers a practical demonstration of the Wudhu"
, the Imam of the Central Scotland Islamic centre said " The
Mosque has traditionally been a centre of study and worship throughout
history. We have many groups from the community who use the resources
offered by the centre. These groups range from children Arabic and
Urdu classes to women's study groups"
centre was established on Burghmuir Road in 1992 when the former
DSS building was purchased. It was totally funded by donations from
the local Muslims. It was completely altered during 1993 and 1994
to provide a main prayer hall, Wudhu area (Washing), Kitchen, library
and Community hall.
or so Muslim families that stay in central Scotland established
the Islamic centre. Its primary purpose is to serve the spiritual
needs of the Muslim community. The centre is now a multi-faceted
education and cultural centre whose services have become a valuable
asset to Stirling District.
Apart from the
Muslim community and the various children's classes and visits,
there have also been tours for the chiefs of Police and chiefs of
the Fire service. Many individuals and groups have approaching the
centre over the years for information and assistance.
have participated include-
· Dollar Academy
· St. Ninians Primary
· Riverside Primary
· Dunblane Primary
· Cambusbarron Primary
· Bridge of Allan Primary
· Auchterrader Primary
Centre can be contacted on 01786 474324 or contact Mr Shakoor on
01786 463791. You can drop in to see Imam Arif between the hours
of 1pm- 9pm. Or drop an email tothe address below.
More information about the centre