Food bazaar at Al-Hikmah Masjid in Astoria Queens, New York

I went on an interesting trip last week. It was to Masjid Al-Hikmah, in Queens, NY but what made the trip interesting for me was the food bazaar held in back of Masjid.

It was raining, just like in Jakarta, but much cooler. I did not know the exact location but the smell of lamb satay with peanut sauce lead my nose in the right direction.
So, my challenge has been set. I am going to have to eat my way through all the delicious servings they offer. I like to eat!

“Masjid Al-Hikmah means The Wisdom Mosque and refers to the passage of the Qur’an 16:125, which is translated as: call thou (mankind) unto thy Sustainer’s path with wisdom (hikmah) and goodly exhortation.

From the beginning, Masjid Al-Hikmah has been engaged in community services, although in general the social services are aimed at Muslims, particularly, of course, Indonesian Muslims in New York. Masjid Al-Hikmah is also a home for several pengajian (a gathering in which Islamic teachings are discussed). A pengajian usually begins with the recitation of the Qur’an, followed by a lecture on Islam and continues with the question and answer session.

Masjid Al-Hikmah is also engaged in social services such as a place to have wedding ceremony, interfaith dialogues, bazaar, as well as a place where the jamaah can perform ghaib prayer – prayers for those who have died in distant places.

When I think back on it, it really was an interesting day, in spite of the rainy, cold weather. There was good food and nice people!

I look forward to our future conversations.