Workers Praying

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All businesses in Saudi Arabia are required by law to close their doors for the five daily prayer times. Many men go to nearby mosques to pray, but many working class men don’t have time to walk to and from a mosque to get back in time to open the shops back up. Because of this, lots of working men merely gather outside a designated business to pray together. Prayer rugs might be available for them to use or they might bring their own – this group actually has them provided on a cart visible in the lower right corner. Shoes are always removed, and the men pray either in bare feet or in socks facing Mecca. I have never seen women out praying in the open like this, only men.
Countless times I have attempted to get good photos of these groups of men praying on the sidewalks in Jeddah, but we are rarely out during prayer times, and when we are, we are generally zooming by in a speeding car, trying to get home quickly for prayer time. So I apologize for the blurry quality of the photo.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to Workers Praying

  1. cara says:

    This blog is really interesting!

  2. I like the blurry effect. It has a mystic quality.

  3. Sari Yusuf says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for 2 weeks now and thoroughly enjoy it! It gives me an insight of ultra conservative country like KSA. I also enjoy your photo journal. Thanks!

  4. Susie! Great capture photo and interesting information about the prayer ritual.

  5. Gunn White says:

    Gosh, i just found your blog, and I will be back to find out more about you and your life in Saudi Arabia. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

  6. Dina says:

    Blurry or not, it’s a good picture.

    Like nuns or monks wearing the habit, men praying in the public space are a good reminder to all that God is great.

  7. vibaku says:

    Yes, we should always remember god at any condition like this photo

  8. Ms AlleSanDr|a says:

    wow, I think it’s easier for men to pray in this condition. It’ll be troublesome for women as we need to remove our veil to take ablution and so on.

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