HYDERABAD: In the city
of Nizams that has metamorphosed into a bustling metropolis, this
mosque was possibly in the making. Tucked away in a quiet corner of
Banjara Hills, a mosque is playing the part of the Pied Piper for the
English-speaking believers in the city, offering them an air-conditioned
hall to offer namaz and delivering sermons in English even as the devout read the Quran from Islamic applications on their iPads.
The plush interiors of the centrally air conditioned mosque
located on Road No. 8 Banjara Hills and with prayer carpets to sink
one's feet in, the mosque is a hit with the affluent. Worshippers vouch
for the mosque's comfortable ambience which they say is conducive to
religious learning. They add that unlike the traditional mullah, the
mosque offers lectures and sermons on topical subjects by professionals
working with various firms who have a practical approach to religion.
Further, a large number of foreign students throng the mosque during
Ramzan as lectures are given in English. What clicks with the smart
phone-wielding believers here is the contemporary tone of sermons and
the practical approach to Islam.