Upon arrival at the Masjid Darul Aman at 1 Jalan Eunos, the 60 15-year-olds who are undergoing Level 9 catechism were greeted by their hosts and mosque executive chairman Mohd Ali Suri.
They were then split into different groups and brought around the mosque by guides from the Nanyang Technology University Muslim Society.
The Catholic youths felt that the information shared by their guides, who were close to them in terms of age, were easily received and understood.
The visitors learnt about Muslim practices such as cleansing oneself before entering the place of worship, to values and principles which Muslims live by.
Along the way, the guides answered questions posed by their Catholic guests.
At the end of the tour, the group re-gathered for a brief presentation by youth development officer Ustaz Shahril Nizam.
He explained the basic tenets of Islam, the history of the mosque, and he gave a breakdown of its activities for the Muslim community.
This was followed by a quiz in which prizes were awarded to the visitors.
The youths also enjoyed some refreshments prepared by members of the mosque.
On March 8, the group visited the Jewish Maghain Aboth Synagogue at 24/26 Waterloo Street.
The trips organised by the catechists and facilitated by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue, are intended to expose the teenagers to other religions and encourage them to ask questions so as to gain a deeper understanding of other faiths.
In about a year’s time, the teenagers would be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
By Zachary C Lim