The Muslim place of worship, the mosque, has an atmosphere very different from what “we” Christians are used to.
The church is in fact a place of meditation and silence, even outside, is crucial.
The mosque is instead first a meeting and relaxing place. Groups of friends and family lies on the crowd in the courtyard for a chat, relax, and even to sleep. And it is easy to see children playing tag or even football. And the prayer? Inside, even if I have rarely found the same silence as in a church.
The Great Umayyad Mosque is one of the most important mosques, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.