Take Time To Pray
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Suddenly, I am aware that it is getting quieter. Not sure if I am imaging things, I start to look around. No, it’s definitely getting quieter. Music has stopped, and people are not talking the same. It quiets some more, and I begin to notice a few small carpets making their appearance outside of shops. Men are taking off their shoes and standing or kneeling on them. As we continue along, more and more carpets are coming into view and it’s getting difficult to walk along the sidewalk because of it.
Rounding the corner towards the mosque, the street is full! Police have blocked off traffic and vehicles are left unattended in the street. The road is packed with people and carpets. Individual carpets for one, large carpets for groups, men with stacks of cardboard for those who forgot to bring their carpets. There are line ups around the water fount for ritual washing as people prepare themselves on this holy day. Stores are closing all around, and there are only a few people walking through the streets now. There is a hushed silence as words of wisdom are spoken out through the loud speakers to the entire city.
Gives a new meaning to the catch phrase ‘take time to pray’.