Sunday Chats with Sensible Children

Sunday Chats with Sensible Children

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...were immortal, is said to have administered, and was buried in the city of Medina, where, as the fable went, his tomb, made of iron, hung suspended in the air under a vault of lode-stone. "The mosque or church where the true believers, as they call themselves, assemble every Friday, is called a game. Some of them are very handsome buildings, built of red and white stones. One thing in which the Mahometans set us a good example is in their care of their places of worship. All the neighbours who possibly can afford it provide something towards their support; one will give oil for the lamps, another a few mats or other needful things. This they do of their own free will, and in honour of their prophet. "One side of the building always faces in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, where, as I told you, Mahomet first preached Islamism. Its walls are simply whitewashed and decorated with texts from the Koran, like those you see on the school-room walls, but are never ornamented with anything, picture or sculpture, representing life, as that is not allowed by the Moslem law. The windows are sometimes formed of perforated texts, making ornament and sentences at the same time. This applies to arms, swords, and furniture, which are all decorated with holy words from the same book. "Very few women are ever seen in these mosques. I believe that in many such places they would not be admitted, so the poor things must always pray at home. They cannot read, and many, I am afraid, have never been taught to pray at all, so they are terribly ignorant and idle. "In the larger mosques there are two priests or imauns; one of which, the Khatceb, preaches and prays every Friday, the other recites the five prayers every day. But these men, unlike...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530071
  • 9781236530073