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Prayer, Islam, Mecca (Makkah), house

Description of this motif: Mosques are islamic buildings, used for praying. It is not obligatory to pray in the mosque, but it is recommended, and especially the Muslim sabbath on Fridays is of importance. The mosque in itself isn't sacred, but merely a place for praying and worship. Noother rituals are performed in the mosques. It is common also to use mosques as a meeting place. All mosques have the facilities for the necessary ablutions before prayer and a niche facing Mecca. Usually mosques in the Muslim world include a minaret, from which the call to prayer is sounded.

Example :

The storks were now in the land of Egypt, where the sun shone as warm as it does upon us on a fine summer day. Tamarind and acacia trees bloomed in profusion, and the glittering crescent of Mohammed topped the domes of all the mosques. On the slender minarets many a pair of storks rested after their long journey. Whole flocks of them nested together on the columns of ancient temples and the ruined arches of forgotten cities. The date palm lifted its high screen of branches, like a parasol in the sun. The gray-white pyramids were sharply outlined against the clear air of the desert, where the ostrich knew he could use his legs and the lion crouched to gaze with big solemn eyes at the marble sphinx half buried in the sand.


In nests atop the slender minarets the old storks rested, yet kept quite busy smoothing their feathers and sharpening their bills against their red stockings.

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