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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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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