Friends, shalom, salaam. Please remember our gracious invitation to join the sisters and brothers at Richmond’s very beautiful and hospitable Shi’iteMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2007View Source
Friends, shalom, salaam. Please remember our gracious invitation to join the sisters and brothers at Richmond ’s very beautiful and hospitable Shi’ite mosque, the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, on Wednesday night this week.
I’ve posted below a brief exchange of e-mail from an Ahavat Olam member asking for advice about dress etc, my reply to her and the much more thorough reply from Michael Symons , our host at Az-Zahraa.
If you would like to try coordinate a ride from central Vancouver , please feel free to contact me and I’ll do what I can. I won’t be going personally – had a wonderful experience there last Sunday – but do know of at least three A”O members who are planning to go.
Shalom/Salaam Rabbi David and J--,
Thanks for passing this on, Rabbi. Your suggestions about modesty are spot-on for our community, I think. Another note: J--, you plan on attending a program on what we call a wafat night, or night of mourning. The night is, as you may have been told, one of the Nights of Power (Laylat al-Qadr), which carries with it an extensive set of processes for preparing yourself to turn to God (don't worry, it comes with a manual), and that's an enormously uplifting event. Apart from that, however, this night--the 21st of Ramadhan--is the night of the passing-away of the First Imam, 'Ali ibn Abu Talib, who was the son-in-law and successor of the Prophet. Struck during prayers on the 19th of Ramadhan by a plot hatched by extremists who hated the fact he'd forged a peace treaty with his enemies, he succumbed to his injuries on this night, and we will commemorate that event with some mournful poetry and a brief lecture to mark the occasion. As a result, we suggest you wear dark or black clothes--that's your choice, of course.
On another note, I'm not sure if you're aware, but during prayers and ceremonies, our Centre has separate entrances and halls for men and women. We'll have hostesses for you and other female guests--you'll enter the front door (gents get the back) and sit on a level above us for the a'amals, or religious devotions, we perform for Laylat al-Qadr. If you have any special needs (food restrictions or anything else) you'd like us to be aware of, please let me know.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night, insha'allah (God willing)!
May the Almighty keep you well,
On 10/2/07, David Mivasair <david@...> wrote:
Shalom to you, J--. I appreciate your asking this. I asked those questions before we went last week. The answers are that women do not have to wear dresses and head coverings. Some of the sisters in the mosque do and some do not. "Modest" dress is respectful and is requested; however, that is generally what you and most women wear most of the time, i.e. no belly shirts or short-shorts or who knows what. From what I was told and what I saw when I was there last week, I think the way you usually dress would be perfectly fine and comfortable for everyone at the mosque.
I'm taking the liberty of cc'ing this to our host there, Michael Symons , so that he can reply to you directly with any additional comments if he wants. I hope that's OK with you.
I'd love to hear about your experience. If you’d write about it to our lists, that would be a great way to let us all into sharing it a bit.
Kol tuv – all the best,
Sent: October 2, 2007 10:08 AM
To: David Mivasair
Subject: what is proper dress for going to the mosque?
i am going to the mosque tomorrow with ross & peter, and i was wondering what appropriate dress for a woman would be
i presume i should wear something simple, but are pants ok?? (i don't think i even have any dresses!)
also, should i wear a head scarf out of respect?
please let me know
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