Kobe Mosque, Kobe, Japan

•22 November 2010 • 1 Comment
Kobe Mosque

Kobe Mosque, after World War II bombing, the mosque was still standing

Kobe mosque, today

Kobe mosque, today

Kobe Camii

Kobe Camii

Mosque Kobe, Interior

Mosque Kobe, Interior

Kobe Mosque (神戸モスク, Kōbe Mosque?), also known as Kobe Muslim Mosque (神戸ムスリムモスク, Kōbe Muslim Mosque?), was founded in October, 1935 in Kobe and is Japan’s first mosque. Its construction was funded by donations collected by the Islamic Committee of Kobe from 1928 until its opening in 1935. The mosque was confiscated by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1943. However, it continues to function as mosque today. It is located in the Kitano-cho foreign district of Kobe. Owing to its basement and structure, the mosque was able to endure through the Great Hanshin earthquake. The mosque was built in traditional Turkish style by the Czech architect Jan Josef Švagr (1885–1969), the architect of a number of Western religious buildings throughout Japan.

When the buildings around it almost razed to the ground, Kobe Muslim Mosque still standing upright. This mosque suffered only cracks on exterior walls and all the glass windows broken. The exterior of the mosque became a bit dark because the smoke bomb attack. Japanese soldiers who took refuge in the basement of the mosque survived the bomb threat, as well as concealed weapons. This mosque became a place of refuge for victims of war.


Hedaytul Islam (Baan Haw) Mosque, Chiang Mai, Thailand

•11 October 2010 • 2 Comments

Moschee Ban_Hoe_Mosque

On the left is the prayer hall, and on the right is the educational hall.

On the left is the prayer hall, and on the right is the educational hall.

(Chinese: 王和清真寺; pinyin: wánghéqīngzhēnsì, Thai: มัสยิดเฮดายาตูลอิสลามบ้านฮ่อ), located at Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, is one of the biggest mosques in the province, and also one of the seven Chinese mosques in Chiang Mai.

It was first built in nineteenth century by a group of Chinese people, called Chin Ho or Hui, mostly came from Yunnan.  The present-day buildings were built later, with an Arabic style rather a Chinese style, except in front of the prayer hall, there is a Chinese word, “清真寺”,which means a mosque.

Every Saturday and Sunday, there is a class for young local Muslims, beginning around 8 O’clock to the noon prayer (dhuhr). The mosque also receives 20 students each year for parents who can’t afford to send their children to a government school. However, most of them are from the other part of the country, rather in Chiang Mai. The students are both Chinese and non-Chinese Muslims.

What is “Halal”?

•6 October 2010 • Leave a Comment

Halal (Arabic:حلال, ḥalāl; means lawful or legal) is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. It is the opposite of haraam. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law (Sharia, الشريعة الإسلامية).

Dietary laws

Islam has laws regarding which foods can and cannot be eaten and also on the proper method of slaughtering an animal for consumption, known as dhabihah. However if there is no other food available then a Muslim is allowed to eat non-halal food. Surah 2:173 states:

If one is forced because there is no other choice, neither craving nor transgressing, there is no sin in him.

Surah 5:5 states:

“This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time,- when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues if any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).”

The Example of Halal Certificate

The Seoul Central Mosque, Seoul, South Korea

•6 October 2010 • Leave a Comment



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The Seoul Central Mosque opened in 1976 in Itaewon, Seoul. It is located in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. It holds lectures in English, Arabic, and Korean. Friday (Jummah) prayers regularly attract up to 800 worshipers at 1pm, the majority of them being of Arab, Indian, Pakistani or Turkish descent. As the only mosque in Seoul, it has become somewhat of a tourist attraction for Koreans to visit on weekends to hear talks given on Islam. The mosque has been subject to a handful of incidents, most notably when men armed with swords entered the mosque, which consequently required the police to protect the mosque for a number of months following the incident.

Masjid As-Salaam Ueno-Okachimachi Taito, Tokyo, Japan

•6 October 2010 • Leave a Comment
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masjid AS SALAAM main prayer room

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masjid AS SALAAM ladies prayer room

Masjid As-Salaam Ueno-Okachimachi

4-6-7 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016

Community Center insha Allah will be built in the first floor of Assalaam Masjid Building.
This center will kindly provide access point to know the whole Islamic world.


  1. Funeral service (temporary “rest” room)
  2. Information about Islam (as religion and also Islamic culture, include Islamic countries)
  3. Multimedia Library (Book, Audio, Video)
  4. Language Class (Teach and Learn English, Japanese, Arabic, etc)
  5. Cooking Class
  6. Tea Class
  7. Bazaar (once/month)
  8. Travel Information to Islamic Countries
  9. Sell Gift, Souvenir, Interior, Herbal Tea, Aroma Theraphy
  10. Useful Information about Housing, Jobs, etc

detail :  http://www.assalaam.info/

Tutorial : How to wear Hijab/Jilbab/Pashmina/Headscarf – Bagaimana memakai Jilbab/Kerudung Fasmina

•11 May 2010 • 1 Comment

Wear the hijab, for some Muslim women is something that is sometimes a bit confusing, especially new for the first time wearing them. maybe the video below you can get a little help for. Wear hijab, jilbab, tudung, pashmina? can you?

2007, New Iranian Hijab Style

•11 May 2010 • Leave a Comment

29 years after Islamic Revolution in Iran, Iranians are still emotionally religious. They celebrate their Religious festivals and appreciate their beliefs . But there is a new culture that growing up day to day more. Even if this culture is under influence of events in a century ago, however nowadays it is going to come up with different face.

Almost less than a century ago, Iranians opposed the new law by Reza Shah, the Pahlawi king of Iran, which forced Iranian women to remove their Hijab.

He was that much strict in his decision that had sent many policemen in the streets and they were ruled to remove Chador, Niqab and even scarfs from women’s head. For years Iranian women defended their hijab and even some women didn’t go out the home in the society up to deporting Reza Shah.

I believe that people are like metal coils. When you push the metal coil, it pushes you back. When you  stop pushing, it will fly and open up at the maximum of its power. And that’s what happened in Iranian society.

Iranian Hijab

Iranian Hijab

After Islamic revolution, suddenly the atmosphere changed to be very religious. I really don’t remember those years for I am from the first generation after Islamic revolution. Yet from what I read and heard, Hijab automatically has been publitized. Day to day more women wore hijab and little by little it made  a mandatory of Hijab in the society. That’s true that Hijab or Islamic veil came to be mandatory 2 or 3 years after revolution. Before that who got to be unveiled, there was not any problem for her.

Anyway, during Iraq-Iran war, Iran was also under too much political and economical pressure and the way of Hijab wearing was same.

But after war, the years were years of rebuilding. The first generation was teenager . They had their own needs and ideas, different from their parents and the society they were living in.

Nowadays in Iran, less girls really care about hijab. This problem is more in big cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad and Isfahan. Specially Tehran, as a city with white culture, usually appoints the culture of other cities. Tehrani Culture, from its veil, its lifestyle, and  worries of people is transferred year after year to the rest of Iran. The new generation in Iran had to face so many difficulties. They’re enduring the ruins that war brought for them, the ill economics, and unemployment.

I agree with Cristoph when he says: “Iranian Youth want to change the laws.” Nowadays wearing Chador or Niqab in Tehran is more weird than wearing tight, thin and rictal clothes. Wearing a n appropriate scarf, without showing hair is more weird than wearing kind of scarf that are more similar to Headband. That’s their way to make it more beautiful and attractive, instead of covering their highlighted hair. Finding a modest mantou – the Iran’s islamic dress code- is as difficult as finding needle in granary.

Hijab in Iran

Hijab in Iran

Remember again, that Iranians are emotionally religious. So what happened to Iranian society that tries to wear strange? Kind of veil that is more similar to a sarcasm toward religion, instead of  a suitable and modest way of wearing? That’s not the result of Mandatory  of Hijab in Iran?

That’s famous that Iranian women in other countries are the most immodest muslims in wearing clothes. I saw with my two eyes that in foreigner flights when the plane gets away the borders, Iranian women quickly start to remove their dress codes.

God says in Quran: ” It is not required of thee O Messenger to set them on the right path, but Allah sets on the right path whom He pleaseth” (2:272)

And somewhere else says:” If it had been Allah’s plan, they would not have taken false gods: but We made thee not one to watch over their doings, nor art thou set over them to dispose of their affairs.” (6:107)

There is no restriction or force to accept religion and its laws. Iranians have shown in the history that they accept religion when it is offered freely and not by force. They also have shown that defend their beliefs when others want to oppose it. Like what they did against Reza Shah’s mandatory of being unvelied.

Even though, The new hijab epidemy is not something just in Iran but also it is growing up in whole Muslim world. However for Iran’s case, I personally know the Iranian government is responsible for the problem.

Jilbab Iran, Irani girls in Hijab

Jilbab Iran, Irani girls in Hijab

Freedom of wearing is one of human rights.. I as a muslim woman want this wrong atmosphere changes. I am worried. Modesty is something that most women in Iran are really concerned about. I do not want when non-Iranians hear my nationality, suddenly suppose me as an immodest woman. That’s what nowadays is famous about Iranian women.

I wear modest so if somebody judge me with kind of labels, I will never forgive Iranian leaders. They are responsible and must find a solution.

Now that’s duty of Iranian leaders to let women chose hijab by own. The lawful pressure of  being veiled or unveied was never successful in Iran.

In this way, maybe who want to wear hijab, wear it in its true way and don’t be labeled for what some other women wear. And who don’t want to be veiled, at least don’t make it a joke by this beautiful religion!

adapted from : http://shahrzaad.wordpress.com/2007/11/03/the-new-hijab-in-iran