Yr 10 Visit Al Mahdi Centre & Southampton Medina Mosque


On Tuesday 26th November, 91 Year 10 RS GCSE students from Thornden were very privileged to visit two Mosques in a day. The Al Mahdi Centre, a Shia Mosque at Titchfield, and Southampton Medina Mosque, a Sunni Mosque. This was to enrich the students’ understanding of Islam, as part of their RS GCSE course.  

The students were given a warm welcome by Fazle Abbas at the Al Mahdi Centre. He gave the students a brief overview of what the rooms at the Al Mahdi Centre were used for, before they were given the opportunity to break off into smaller groups to explore the inside for themselves. While they were looking around they were told to think of questions they would like to ask Fazle Abbas. Following this the students got back together again to share with Fazle Abbas their thoughts from looking around and the questions they had to ask.

An equally warm welcome was given to the students by Saleem Hussain at Southampton Medina Mosque. Here the pupils were given a presentation about the Five Pillars of Islam. They also had an opportunity to see around the Mosque, watch the 1.15pm prayers and ask any questions they had.  

The feedback from the students was very positive. They felt they had benefitted greatly from the opportunity to see, first- hand, what they have been studying and to hear from those who actually live the faith they have been learning about; it brought the whole religion to life for them. Both Fazle Abbas and Saleem Hussain were equally impressed with the responses Thornden students had to their questions and their understanding of Islam.  

The Year 10 RS GCSE pupils and RS staff from Thornden School thoroughly enjoyed their visits and would like to thank both Mosques very much.