Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Signs in Saudi Arabia

Outside a local mosque in a busy area of town, I noticed this sign telling congregants to leave their shoes outside the mosque before entering for prayers.  The cubby holes are for shoes, however during prayer times I have seen the cubby holes empty and the floor below strewn with shoes everywhere.  Personally I'd rather place mine in a cubby hole, but that's just me.  

The second photo shows a big graphic sign that was up during the Saudi National Day celebrations recently, with images of three generations of Saudi royalty - the first ruler of the country, ibn Saud; ibn Saud's son and the current king, King Salman; and ibn Saud's grandson who is King Salman's son, Mohammed bin Salman, the current Crown Prince and heir apparent.  

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Marie Smith said...

Are there any photos of the Queen?

I wonder does anyone ever take the wrong shoes by mistake?

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Marie - Because of the privacy of this culture and religious influences, publicly displaying photos of Saudi women was frowned upon for many years and is just now becoming more acceptable. I don't believe the king's wives are ever referred to as queen. Historically the kings of Saudi Arabia have had multiple wives - in fact King Abdullah is said to have had 30 wives and more than 35 children. I do know that there are many princesses in the royal family - I have met several of them - but they are never revered as queen if their husband is king.
I'm sure there have been many shoe mix ups and missing shoes over the years!

Tom said...

...removing shoes is a common practice in Hawaii too. When I enter a church I leave my shoes at the door. Thanks Susie for joining the party, take care.

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