Prayer Rugs – Ready!

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Muslims pray five times a day at set times. Many of the men workers here in Jeddah may not be close enough to a mosque – even though there are mosques located every few blocks – to go there to pray. So all over the city one can see groups of men gathered out in public to perform the prayers together. If you look closely between the two cars in the photo, you can see that red prayer rugs have been laid down on the sidewalk in preparation for the men to come and pray. All businesses close for prayers for about half an hour to an hour and all Muslims workers are expected to pray during these times. Ramadan will be starting here very soon. Ramadan is the month during the year when all Muslims fast during the daylight hours, from sun up until sundown. Many businesses will change their operating hours then, since Muslim workers cannot eat or drink during the day. Most will be closed during the day, or a bigger part of the day, and will open for business in the evenings and stay open until the wee hours of the morning to accommodate workers and customers.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to Prayer Rugs – Ready!

  1. john says:

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    how are you ? this is john from yiwu zhejiang,china.we have own factory to make the prayer rugs. we have many different size and color design .our company export muslim items to indonesia. Saudi Arabia.iran.nigeria and so on. tell me what style and quantity do you need ? or you can offer your design. we can make according your sample. waitting for your reply !thanks



    Company: H&Z Carpet Co.,Ltd
    Contact Person: John


  2. Judy says:

    I found the old beat up car out front interesting too. It looks like an American made from the ’70’s or ’80’s. This was a very informative post! Thanks Susie.

  3. Mo says:

    What do the women do at prayer time?

    • Hi Mo – Women are usually at home performing their prayers. Since women are charged with the care of the children, it’s too much trouble for them to haul the kids off to the mosque every day for prayers. Older boys often accompany their fathers to the mosques though. If women happen to be out at a mall, many malls provide a designated place for them to pray. The Saudi women that I know here in Jeddah rarely go to mosques, except for the two holy holidays, or if they are in Madinah or Makkah. The mosques there have large separate sections for women. Some smaller mosques have separate sections for women, but some do not. At home, men and women pray together, with the men lined up in front of the women, but in public, they generally pray separately.

  4. Geogypsy says:

    I’ll bet they are beautiful rugs. Would be interesting to see inside the mosques. Yet I can understand how hard that might be.

  5. Chiara says:

    That is an interesting contribution to the day-night inversion of Ramadan others have remarked on. In other Muslim countries the business hours are shortened with no siesta time (eg 8am-2pm), but not such a day-night reversal.

  6. Very interesting about the prayer rituals and how if affects business! I’d do backflips to see the inside of some rug stores and the inside of some mosques either during or after prayer time! hint hint

    • Hi Leif – I can probably get the interior of a rug store (although the ones I’ve been in look pretty similar to the states), but it would be really difficult for me to photograph inside mosques – but maybe I can get my son to do it!

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