As we were driving by this highly industrialized area of Jeddah, I spied this odd looking open covered area and I wondered what it was. When we got a few more feet, there was an opening where the entrance was and I could see what this space is utilized for.
This is actually an area where the men who work in the many nearby businesses (like auto repair and body shops, welding, and cabinetry making) can gather to pray together. There are also little mosques every few blocks as well, but this was the first open area like this that I had ever seen. Many mosques have wall-to-wall carpeting that has a continuous design which designates spaces for each man to pray – something like individual prayer rugs lined up in neat rows. It is important to note that the carpet is carefully laid out so as to indicate the direction of Makkah (called Kibla)because Muslims pray facing Makkah. I have seen other businesses, doctors’ offices, and hospital rooms here that have a Kibla indicator on the ceilings.
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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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