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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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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