Muslims are required to pray five times per day. Many times it is not always possible to pray at home or at a mosque, so many facilities, like malls or workplaces, provide prayer areas. Before prayer, Muslims must wash up in the way prescribed by Islam. The men in the photo above are performing this cleansing ritual before prayer which is called "Wudu."
This is a carpeted outdoor prayer area at the Yanbu Flower Festival. Prayer carpets are patterned with rows or individual spaces for worshippers and are laid out facing the direction of Mecca, the holiest city of Islam that Muslims face during prayer.
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