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Al – Noor Masjid Mosque Hanoi - Vietnam Muslim Travel InformationAl – Noor Masjid Mosque Hanoi
Address: 12 Hang Luoc Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam

Openning Hours
Despite the fact that the grids of the masjid can be closed between prayers hours, you can enter into the premises by the small door located at the left of the main entrance.
Imams Contact Numbers:
Imam Abbass: +84 168 282 7822; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Imam Abdul Salam: +84 913 71 5046; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prayers Time:
Iquama: +10mn after adhan.
Fajr: 04:55 AM; Sunrise: 06:12 AM; Dhuhr: 11:44 AM; Asr: 2:52 PM; Maghrib: 5:14 PM; Isha: 6:27 PM.

History
From the beginning of the 19th century and on, indian merchants from Bombay, Karachi and Calcutta, settled down in the north and south of Vietnam. Around 1930 there were a thousand of them in Indochina. They formed a large group of well-to-do businessmen, specialized in the sale of fabrics and the change of money. They were to be found in the large markets, buying and selling cotton, silk, and jewelry. Their stores were located in the streets of all the major cities. In Hanoi they lived grouped around “Rue De la Soie” Silk Street where they bought silk from Chinese merchants and shipped this to India and Singapore. This group was rich and big enough to build mosques. English subjects from South India and Bombay built the mosque Al Nuhr in Hanoi around 1900 along with other mosques in the South. Today the mosque is frequented by a varied group of Muslims, most of them expatriates connected to embassies from Malaysia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia India, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Vietnam, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Approximately 200 people attend the prayers. there are approximately 60 ‘Vietnamese Muslims’ in Hanoi.

Management
There exists a so-called Mosque Management Committee made up of five embassies and headed by one: in 2001 e.g. these were the Egyptian embassy, Libyan embassy, Indonesian embassy, the Algerian embassy and the Iraqi embassy. The embassies from Muslim countries each take part in the committee, but in different years.

Funds
The Masjid is financed exclusively by the donations made by the local community.
The budget details is available to all at the masjid entrance (on the board) and a section of the website will be dedicated to it.
Imams
Abdul Salam & Abbas
The Masjid has 3 imams doing the Juma prayers time to time:
Abdul Salam studied in Lybia a Arabic Languages and Islam Studies.
Mieu Abbas: Abbas is graduated of a degree in Arabic Languages and Islam Studies (Holy Qur’an and it s sciences from the Faculty of Islamic Call (Libyan) in 2008.
Phone: 01 68 282 7822 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visiting the Mosque
For those with a passion for culture, religion and architecture, visiting a mosque can be a profound experience; however, if you are unfamiliar with mosque rules, the visit, depending of the emotions of the worshiper in front of you, can be sometimes be harsh.
A few simple tips can ensure that you visit a mosque without disrespecting the rules of etiquette.
It is important to realize the main purpose of the place: A masjid is a place of worship and whether you believe or not, there are guidelines to follow, these guidelines can be found in the holy book, the Qur’ an, and the sunna of the Prophet

Dress
Remove your shoes before you enter the mosque. The children should remove their shoes too.
Make sure that you are dressed appropriately: Tight or transparent clothing must be avoided. Men should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, while women should wear dresses or skirts which cover the knees and tops with sleeves that cover the elbows at least. Women should also wear a headscarf; however, if you do not have one, just ask for it.
Additionally, there are some robes that you can wear if they feel your dress is inappropriate.
If you are too shy for asking, just open the cabinets to find the robes.

Where to go?
As you enter, take note of where worshippers are saying prayers, and walk silently to find a quiet place to sit at the back.
Women usually go to the left side of the mosque, or at the back of the mosque, a rule that is extended to tourists as well.

After enter
Regular prayer time occurs within the half hour following the prayer call. If you are unsure of regular prayer times, do not enter if there are many people gathered inside. Regular prayers or sermons are generally short, so you might wait outside for prayer time to end. Or go to sit quickly at the back of the mosque, behind the group. Just remember that men cannot sit behind women. And women should sit with the other women.
Sit down and take a moment for quiet meditation. Once you enter a mosque, it is obligatory that you respect the temple by offering prayers; however, as a non-member of the religion, this can take any form you see fit. Remain in silence, do not take flash photos or photos of people and do not simply walk straight through the mosque without first sitting for prayer.

Children
Take children to a mosque only if they are old enough to be able to understand what you ask him and respect the rules as well. Just as adults, children must move slowly, remain in silence, sit and participate in prayer.

Cell phones and Photos
A ringing cell phone is a distraction to any service at the mosque–please silence or power-off phones when entering the masjid. Do not take flash photos or photos of people.

Talking during prayer
If you need to talk to someone during the prayer (while you are not praying, of course,) please take the conversation outside, so as to not distract those who are praying.
Not standing/walking in front of someone praying
If you are walking through the prayer area and come across someone who is praying, please walk behind, instead of in front of him.

Shaking hands with opposite gender
Please be aware that many Muslims do not shake hands with anyone of the opposite gender. That is, men do not shake hands with women, and women do not shake hands with men. Unless he/she extends his/her hand first, it is better to not extend yours.

Keeping the mosque tidy
It is important for everybody to keep the mosque clean and organized. It is required that when you use a book to return it on the shelves. The ablution area and bathrooms must be kept clean after usage. Finally, it is imperative to keep the parking lot and garden clean as well.

Neighbors
It is a responsibility for every Muslim to respect the neighbors and be kind to them. Please refrain from disturbing them in any circumstances. When leaving the mosque please avoid long and loud talks outside the mosque and in the street, especially after the Friday prayer. If you need to talk use the indoor space of the mosque.

If you are curious or in doubt about something ask the Imam, the leader of prayer, a teacher, a member, a worshiper or use the contact page .

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