When prayers are called five times daily here in Saudi Arabia, everything shuts down and people stop whatever they are doing to pray. This large open carpeted area in the Mall of Arabia is provided for men to do the prayers. For women, there is a separate nearby enclosed prayer room. Nearby restrooms are specially equipped so that Muslims can properly perform ablution (wash up) prior to prayers. As soon as the call to prayer is sounded, shops close and men begin showing up here. This makes it very convenient for all the mall workers and shoppers to pray. All shoes are removed before they set foot on the carpet – you can see dozens of shoes on the floor, and some shoes are placed on the shelves provided on the right. Also notice the design on the carpet (see below) – there are designated areas for each person to have his own clearly marked space. Also, the direction of the design in the carpet points the person praying in the right direction – toward Mecca, which is east and slightly south of Jeddah.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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