Muslims here find respite from sectarian divisions and prejudice rife in other regions of the world
The Tokyo Camii, the largest mosque in Japan, built in a lavish Ottoman style, emerges from the Shinjuku skyline like something out of “Arabian Nights.” For the second Friday prayer in my life, I embedded myself there with 200 Muslims who had gathered for a sermon and food — perhaps the most multi-ethnic crowd anywhere in Japan (although the vast majority of the faithful are men).
The sermon, held in English and Japanese, exhorts the congregation to respect their parents. Later on, as people line up for rice and potatoes, the atmosphere is relaxed and chubby, a meet-and-greet among fellow immigrants. A visiting group of Japanese seniors is getting a tour of the mosque.
- 12:45 PM - 12:55 PM
- Imam Call For Pray.
- 12:55 PM - 13:05 PM
- Japanese Khutba
- Mr. Abdelkarim start khutba in Japanese
- 13:05 PM - 13:15 PM
- Turkish, English & Arabic khutba
- Imam will say khutba in different languages
- 13:15 PM - 13:30 PM
- Salat jumuah inchae Allah