Jeddah Street Prayers


These men are laborers in an industrial part of Jeddah. There is always one man who stands in front of the group to lead the prayer and the others follow. Notice the red prayer rugs/carpets they are standing on which are spread out for each prayer time and then gathered back up so they stay clean – one of the requirements for Muslim prayer is to pray on a clean surface. Also notice that all men have removed their shoes and do not stand on the rugs with their shoes on so the carpets stay clean for everyone.
I’m so happy I finally got this half-way decent shot of a group of men praying out in the open on the streets of Jeddah. Every day one can see sights like this, if you happen to be out during prayer times. You have no idea how many times I have attempted to photograph a scene like this. I am always in a car speeding by and usually the image turns out too blurry. Although this isn’t great quality because the car window’s reflection is in the frame (but it almost adds an ethereal quality to it at the same time!), this is by far one of the best images of men praying in public that I have ever been able to capture.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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9 Responses to Jeddah Street Prayers

  1. Amazing comment. Taking a photo of men praying is prohibited in Saudi Arabia ? Have spent time in India and Pakistan. There, no problem.

    • Hi Travelerreport – As far as I know, taking photos of men praying is NOT prohibited here in Saudi Arabia. They are out in public. It is just difficult to stop the car because of traffic and set up a shot like this one. I see scenes like this all the time, but if I don’t have my camera on and ready, we have past them before I can shoot it.

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  3. leif hagen says:

    It seems amazing to see such a large group of guys gathered to pray during their work day! Guess we just don’t see that over here!

  4. Jerry M says:

    You do a great job under difficult circumstances.

  5. Dina says:

    This really is a wonderful picture, Susie. I enjoy it very much. Good for you!

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