Photographer's Note

Back to Corniche. I found this scene on the lawn in Jeddah quite curious.

For Muslims, the five daily prayer times (called salat) are among the most important obligations of the Islamic faith. As with other faiths, Muslims must observe specific rituals as part of their daily prayers. Before praying, Muslims must be clear of mind and of body. Islamic teaching requires Muslims to engage in ritualistic washing (wudu) of the hands, feet, arms, and legs, called Wudhu, before praying. Worshippers must also be dressed modestly in clean clothing.

Once the Wudhu has been completed, it's time to find a place to pray. Many Muslims pray at mosques, where they can share their faith with others. But any quiet place, even a corner of an office or home, can be used for prayer. The only stipulation is that the prayers must be said while facing in the direction of Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.

In the hotels in Saudi Arabia, there is an arrow on the ceiling indicating the direction to Mekka. The small rug is also provided. When I went by bus, there were special stops for praying in the small prayer rooms on the road.
Practical advice: near the mosque, there is always a public toilet. We used them on our trip to Iran.

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The rugs in the park

The pilgrims

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13592 W: 141 N: 35225] (158784)
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