Wondering around in that melting pot of cultures that is Singapore, I ended up at Little India. I was looking for shooting some pictures of the famous and colorful Arab Street when, on the way there, I came across an interesting mosque trapped among some high rise buildings around. As the small square courtyard at the entrance offered a limited view of the mosque, I looked around for a more proper elevated view. The two-story buildings lined up the quiet street next to the mosque caught my attention. I chose the entrance door of the closest building to the mosque and went upstair. I found a beauty salon at first floor and opted out for going to the next and last floor where the staircase ended right in front of a glass door. I saw a few tables setting through and the lights inside were off. The restaurant looked like still closed apparently but I tried to open the door anyway. I was lucky! The door opened and I quickly walked in. As I heard a great noise of voices, laughs and pots coming from the near kitchen, I discovered the room had a window with a direct view over the mosque. I hit the jackpot! I walked in the kitchen almost on tiptoe and after having said hello to the two cooks, I asked, by smiling like an idiot, if I could shoot a photo out of the window.
The first thing every photographer should keep in mind when photographing a religious building is to fully respect the sacred function of the temple and not causing offence while worshippers are praying. A bad behavior held inside a religious building, like a church, a mosque or a buddhist temple, just for shooting photos, is morally unacceptable and it can even put yourself in danger in several countries.