Year 8 students from Greenfield and Sunnydale visited Bradford as part of a County RE Interfaith project. During our visit
t , we went to a Mosque, a Gurdwara and visited Bombay Stores.
When we arrived at the Mosque we were asked to remove our shoes by Mr Mushtaq our guide. He explained how Muslims prepare before they enter the prayer hall by washing themselves. We were shown into the prayer hall and looked at the magnificent chandelier situated inside the dome. We looked at examples of Islamic art with the symmetry representing equality. Mr Mushtaq explained the different prayer positions, which our students were able to demonstrate, as well as the significance of Mecca and praying towards it. Additionally, Mr Mushtaq explained the great importance of the holy book, the Qur’an. Finally, students were able to ask their own thought provoking questions about Mr Mushtaq’s religion.
When we visited the Gurdwara, we were asked to cover our heads and remove our shoes as a symbol of equality. The Gurdwara was hosting a wedding at the weekend so there were lots of Sikhs working together in the langar (kitchen) to prepare for this. We spent some time in the prayer hall where we listened to the Guru Granth Sahib being read and shown the room in which the holy book is kept. Our guide Narinder explained the significance of the 5 Ks. Again, students were able to ask some really interesting questions to Narinder about the impact of his beliefs on his life. We were then invited to the langar and sampled some botha and given a drink.
Our last place to visit was Bombay Stores and after a quick look around we were soon on the bus heading back to Newton Aycliffe.
Our students represented the school brilliantly and made me feel very proud to be part of our school.