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The faithful : This image was taken inside the Jamaa Masjid in Old Delhi.In the foreground ,an elderly bearded man with crutches can be seen sitting on the edge of the main prayer hall after completion of his prayers.In the background ,several people can be seen in the middle of their prayers.

Some tidbits about the Muslim Prayers :

Ṣalāt or namaaz is the practice of formal worship in Islam. Its importance for Muslims is indicated by its status as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, with a few dispensations for those for whom it would be difficult. People who find it physically difficult can perform Salat in a way suitable for them. To perform valid Salat, Muslims must be in a state of ritual purity, which is mainly achieved by ritual ablution, (wuḍūʾ), according to prescribed procedures.
Salat consists of the repetition of a unit called a rakʿah (pl. rakaʿāt) consisting of prescribed actions and words. The number of obligatory (farz) rakaʿāt varies from two to four according to the time of day or other circumstances (such as Friday congregational worship, which has two rakats). Prayers are usually shortened to two rakats and prayed in succession when one is travelling. The minimal, obligatory rakats may be supplemented with acts that are optional but are considered meritorious. Prayer is farz (obligatory) for all Muslims except those who are disabled, prepubescent, very sick, lactating, pregnant, having menstruation , frail and elderly or travelling on a long journey.

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