Looking Beyond the Mosque’s Doors

I was barred from entering the al-Karaouine mosque in Fez, Morocco. My minder said it would be a bad idea to take a stroll inside. The at-Tawba sura (chapter) in the Qur’an states that infidels, pagans, and idolators (read: non-Muslims) are prohibited from entering the holy areas of Mecca; interpreters of the Qur’an argue that this prohibition should, by extension, be applied to all mosques. Being that the at-Tawba sura also calls for the slaying of non-beilevers, Jews, and Christians, punctuated with the hope that they burn in hell for eternity, I was mindful not to step foot beyond the doors. When no one was looking, however, I quickly leaned into the mosque and looked around. The late-afternoon sun illuminated a man as he read the Qur’an on the floor. I quickly took a picture and went on my way, happy to avoid being endlessly barbecued in an unrelenting inferno… at least for the time being.

al-Karaouine mosque


21 thoughts on “Looking Beyond the Mosque’s Doors

  1. Wonderful photo!

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

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