Praying mat

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
This is a photo of a Islamic praying mat
This is a photo of a Islamic praying mat

This is a Praying Mat. It is very important to me and my parents because when we pray, we put these Praying Mats down to pray on. There are different types of Praying Mats, but all of them are to pray. The reason these are so important to our family, is that we had them for a long time. We had them since we came from our country, Bangladesh. Most of them are from since when my Mom and Dad got married and came to America; they brought Praying mats with them. All of the one’s our family brought from Bangladesh are special to us. It allows us to remember our country and where we are from. When we pray it is to the Islamic god, Allah. The mat’s are used five times a day, 36 times a week. On Fridays it’s used 6 times since there’s a special type of praying on that day. There are five basic prayings. The prayer names are Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha. Then there are the special prayings. Juma on Fridays and then there is an Eid praying so when it’s Eid you have to go to a mosque and pray. Then there’s Janazah, which is part of the ritual that happens when someone dies. And after the five basic praying, there is another praying called Nawafil. Then there’s Tawabah, which happens when you want a new start from something like drugs or smoking. But it doesn’t include major sins like murder. During Ramadan after the day of Ramadan finishes you have to pray until Sarie, where you eat and then you go to sleep. And during the two Eid’s Chorbany and regular Eid you have to go to a Mosque to pray for two hours, and then you can go home to pray more.

Place(s): Bangladesh
Year: 2006

– Afraz

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