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‘Bandar Seri Begawan - In the space for the washing ritual’


Before praying Muslims are expected to wash themselves in a certain order – first hands, then mouth, nose, face, hair and ears, and finally their ankles and feet.
This is putting oneself into the right mindset for prayer.
The Prophet Muhammad said 'cleanliness is half of faith'.
Muslims must be clean and wear good clothes before they present themselves before God.

In many mosques, a fountain or taps are therefore provided so that every Muslim can follow the washing ritual. These can be located both indoors and outdoors.

These three photos were taken in the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the room where the washing ritual could take place. There were no visiting believers present. Just a guardian of the space.

You may prefer one of the photos in the WS.
Since - in hindsight - I have relatively few pictures with Bruneians on, I chose this one with the washroom guard on as the main photo.

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