Today’s post is a celebration of sorts: my 400th post!
There are literally mosques everywhere here in Saudi Arabia. In the cities, every few blocks you will find a mosque. Out in the country in less unpopulated areas, every few miles you’ll be able to locate a mosque. One thing that I have noticed is that many gas stations either have a mosque right in the same plaza or right next door. This makes it very convenient for men on the go and nearby workers to perform the five daily prayers required in Islam. All mosques generally are equipped with a place where wudhu can be performed as well. Wudhu is the ritual of washing up in a very particular manner prior to reciting the prayers. I thought I would share with you the interesting phenomenon of the seeming connection between gas stations and mosques in this post.
The gas station above is bordered on both sides by a mosque. The beautiful towering minaret belongs to a newer mosque than the smaller and much older minaret on the right.
The brand new gas station plaza above is located in a very sparsely populated area along a stretch of highway. The extremely tall and graceful minaret of the mosque in the plaza is visible for miles.
I added an arrow pointer to help you identify the location of the mosque in this busier photo of a gas station with a neighboring mosque.
See more of my previous posts of mosques: What’s Left, Mosque Reflections, Floating Mosque, Island Mosque by the Sea, Al-Anani Mosque at Dusk, Small, Funky Mosques, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, and Mosque Shades.