A prayer mat is important because Muslims use the mat to ensure cleanliness and offer prayer in an isolated space. While you don't have to do this Islam does call on it’s followers to pray in a clean area. A prayer rug offers both of these and hence has become one of the most cherished items of any muslim household. This item is important to me because it carries on my prayers and represents my religion. The 5 prayers are called Fajr (sunrise), Dhuhr (noon prayer) ,Ash (afternoon prayer) ,Maghrib (night prayer).