Virtual tour of Neeli Mosque for Wardle Academy Year 7 students

Date published: 17 February 2021

Year 7 students at Wardle Academy recently experienced a virtual tour of Neeli Mosque in Rochdale.

Imam Mirazam Khan led a question and answer session which helped students understand the importance of the mosque as a central point of worship and how the sense of community links to the values of the school's 'Wardle Way'.

Students in Year 7 have been studying the importance of religious buildings to different faith communities and took the opportunity to raise the central questions generated through their studies.

Imam Mirazam offered insightful answers, helped illustrate the importance of charity within the Islamic community and discussed the challenges presented for collective worship in the wake of a pandemic.

The tour of the mosque examined key features such as the minaret (the tower used for the Muslim call to prayer), the dome and the minbar (the pulpit used to deliver sermons by the Imam). 

One student said: “I have always wanted to know what a mosque looked like inside. I found the experience really interesting and enjoyed learning how Neeli Mosque collected charity to support the Rochdale Foodbank.

“Hopefully in future I might get the chance to visit the mosque in person.”

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