MyWorld: What Is It?


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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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to MyWorld: What Is It?

  1. ladyfi says:

    What a good idea!

  2. Joyful says:

    Very interesting and very convenient. I’ve often wondered how disruptive is the need to pray when one has to do it 5x a day so the convenience factor makes a lot of sense.

  3. Lara says:

    God finds everywhere a good place 🙂

  4. You always have such interesting posts, Susie, and I feel I have learned so much about the Arab world from you. Don’t always agree — well, rarely agree with the thinking, but I do appreciate the opportunity to learn and that in itself helps to develop understanding and in some cases, tolerance. Hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you for your always informative and interesting posts. Have a great week!

    Sylvia

  5. geogypsy says:

    I wonder who provides all these unusual places for prayer?

    • As far as I understand, wealthy businessmen build many of the mosques – some of them are right next door to their homes or businesses. The government builds some of the mosques as well.

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