Thursday, December 25, 2008

Inside Public Bus, Dubai UAE

Contributed by: Zaki Umara, Dubai

A public bus driver perform his shalat inside his vacant bus prior to his departure time.

We wish him a safe and pleasant journey serving the passengers.

Public bus in Dubai regulated and operated by Road Transport Authority (RTA). There are too many accidents on Dubai road, so praying before the trip will definitely help in promoting road safety.

This is probably the fastest portable Prayer Room so far that moves on the ground.

Photo taken in Dubai on 24 Dec 2008.

Friday, December 5, 2008

National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Contributed by: Adinda Presanti

This prayer area is located at National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Level 6, staircase landing (emergency exit). NUS Muslim Society has advocated to get permission to use about 20 spots in campus, mostly staircase landings, to be occupied as prayer areas.

Since space is limited, some prayer spots are for muslimah only, some are for muslimin only, and 1-2 areas are large enough to support both. Ablution is done in the nearest toilets. The prayer area in the pictures can support only 2 people and so sometimes the jamaah have to queue.

Despite the modest condition, this prayer area has tranquil view of greenery and the wind helps making the ambiance especially peaceful during hectic lecture schedules.

Pictures taken 19 April 2008 (c) Adinda Presanti

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ibn Batuta Mall, Dubai, UAE

Ibn Battuta Mall is the world’s largest themed shopping mall. It spreads over 1.3km length divided into 6 courts (sections) representing different themes .

There is only one proper prayer room in this mall, which is large enough to be called a small masjid (mosque). The prayer room located in India Court which is situated around 1km from the far end of the mall (Andalusia Court) and 300m from the near end (China Court). It's nearby the Mall Management Office and you have to take elevator or stairs to 1st floor to find it.

I believe the prayer room can take more than 100 persons. There is even a regular imaam or prayer leader in this place. Unfortunately this place does not host Friday prayer. So mall visitors and employees have to go to mosques few kilometers outside the mall.

There's a special place for ablution (wudu) which is separated from toilet area on the way to the prayer room. There are special racks to place your footwear too.

Because the location of this prayer room is too far from the other end of the mall (Andalusia court) and there's no other prayer room in this huge mall, the employees who work around Andalusia, Tunisia and Egypt court prefer to do their prayer on the corner like this. I have seen some visitors also perform their prayer on the same place.

Pictures taken on 1st December 2008.