Among the symbols of Islamic traditional culture, special significance is assigned to the mosque, which is not only a temple but a public building with various functions other than just prayer. Though Islamic tradition has no conception of the sanctity of the mosque building, and has not established any rite of consecration, everyone who crosses the mosque threshold should follow ceremonial rules that emphasize the specific status of the building. One of the strictest rules relates to ritual cleanliness - entering the mosque, one should take off one's shoes. A Muslim should come to a mosque in his/her best clothes, behave himself/herself with respect, and speak in a low voice. In Jeynov, there are 6 local mosques that have been built in the recent past.
1. A Jeynov Mosque - Call to Prayer
2. A Local Mosque Muezzin by the Prayer Timetable
1. Prayer Timetable of a Jeynov Mosque. Islam obliges its followers to offer up prayers five times a day - at dawn, at noon, in the afternoon, at sunset and at night. Each prayer is preceded by adhan, a call to prayer (see the left column of the clock dials). The right column of the clock dials indicates the time of the first takbir - the standard prayer formula "Allah Akbar" ("Allah is the Great") that is included in adhan, and is repeated five times in the prayer ceremony.
2. Muslim Prayer Carpet (namazliq) made of camel and sheep wool. The red stripe is weaved with additional thread - this technique is typical for Arabic carpet weaving. The Chashmi ak ("running water") pattern frames the arc that should be turned towards Mecca during the offering of prayer. The lower side-frames are decorated with two twisted cords, also functioning as amulets. Namazaliq serves as a praying space for a Muslim. It is an impromptu temple that can be built within a few seconds. Attributed by Elena Tsareva.
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