28 students from the 8th and 9th grades of the Regnbueskolen high-school in the Aarhus suburb of Hammel visited the London Central Mosque as part of their London trip.
"It was a great experience! It was experiencing the religion from within, gave us insight into Islam in a totally different way than we had imagined. We think everybody should try it, especially those who are repulsed by other religions, since it was an experience we'll never forget. To visit the mosque made us understand that people can easily live side by side while respecting each other, but without the same faith and beliefs," write two of the students, Kristine Frandsen and Alma Fjeldsted.
The visit was organized in advance, and an imam awaited at the mosque's entrance when the school arrived. Half the students were girls, and they wore headscarves out of respect for Islam. The students took their shoes off and were then brought into the prayer hall where they were impressed by the serenity. Here the imam, proud, calm, and with a sense of humor, enthusiastically told the students about Islam, and answered questions that poked at the belief, in a positive way.