What are prayer rugs, and how are they used by Muslims?
Answer: Muslims are often seen kneeling and prostrating on small embroidered rugs, called "prayer rugs." For those unfamiliar with the use of these rugs, they may look like small "oriental carpets," or simply nice pieces of embroidery.
During Islamic prayers, worshippers bow, kneel, and prostrate on the ground in humility before God. The only requirement in Islam is that prayers be performed in an area that is clean.
Prayer rugs are not universally used by Muslims, nor specifically required in Islam. But they have become a traditional way for many Muslims to ensure the cleanliness of their place of prayer, and to create an isolated space to concentrate in prayer.
Prayer rugs are usually about one meter long, just enough for an adult to fit comfortably when kneeling or prostrating. Modern, commercially-produced rugs are often made of silk or cotton.
While some rugs are made in solid colors, they are usually adorned. The designs are often geometric, floral, arabesque, or depict Islamic landmarks such as the Ka'aba in Mecca or Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. They are usually designed so that the rug has a definite "top" and "bottom" -- the bottom is where the worshipper stands, and the top points towards the direction of prayer.
When the time for prayer comes, the worshipper lays the rug on the ground, so that the top points towards the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. After prayer, the rug is immediately folded or rolled, and put away for the next use.
This ensures that the rug remains clean.
The Arabic word for a prayer rug is "sajada," which comes from the same root word (SJD) as "masjed" (mosque) and "sujud" (prostration).
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Why the Muslims don’t eat and drink all the day in one month? And what is the purpose of the Ramadan?
1. Obedience to Allah, enhance the awe
The Allah said: “my dear follower! Fast has become your custom, just like it is the custom of the previous people, so that you awe it.”
Ramadan is a kind of obey Allah's work, the muslim fast for Allah, even hungry and will not against the Allah to eat and drink, which enhance them awe for Allah, and enhance their consciousness to obey sharia law; to Make the people more pious, more determined volition; Molds their temperament, to purify their soul; it can not only will enable them to avoid the obvious and hidden evil, but also enhance them to restrain desires, and resist the ability of sin; It enable the people to know about the nobleness about patience, struggle, give somebody alms and generous help others. At the same time, it also forgive the people’s sin, and enable the people to get double reward, and enable them to approach and get the joy of Allah.
2. To adjust the body, which is beneficial to the body wards off disease
We know that each part of the body to get rest and adjustment in the sleep, and the heart and stomach also cannot rest even sleep, they have to digest food to eat during the day, when it is at the end of the work of digestion, people began to eat the next day, it had to work continuously, day after day, year after year, always cannot get the chance to rest.
Allah provides fast, is a kind of special favor to people. Fast changed our original life habit, abstain from daytime eat drink, endure a day of hunger. Both reduce the burden of intestines and stomach, and have enough time to digest and discharge of harmful accumulations, eliminate the source of the disease, increase the digestive energy, to ensure the long-term health of the body. Fasting also allows us to consciously control the usual covet enjoyment, binge eating binge drinking habits.
3. Cultivation of character, purify the soul
The meaning of Ramadan to make people know is not to seek fame and wealth, and strengthen the spiritual culture. Fasting is not only the contact food and sex, it also includes manners. Fasting is the lofty spirit of exercise, is to the desires of restraint, rational cultivate, the purification of the soul. If it is just the body appearance fast without the purification of the spiritual essence, this kind of fast is meaningless.
4. Experience hunger, a harmonious society
Fast causes the rich compassion for the poor people, the leader’s consideration of the masses, the king's concern for the people.
Fasting make the person feel: all servants to obey the creator, whether the poor and the rich, or the king and no more slaves, everyone is equal in front of a creator, this position is an experience and responsibility which is given by Allah.
Therefore, fasting enhance the unity and friendship of Muslims, it can make the social stability and harmonious development.
The annual Ramadan has already started, are you ready?