In one of our recent instalments of Halal Holiday Hackers, our travel blogger series that you should definitely read, we included an anecdote about Ammar, a Muslim man in Sarajevo, Bosnia, whose words on prayer have really stayed with us:
‘His favorite thing about Islam is that wherever he goes and it is time for prayer, he lines up next to other Muslims and they pray the same way, anywhere.’
We’re sure you feel similar when we say that we find this to be a very comforting truth, yet still one we don’t actually think about that often. This may be because we rarely get a striking visual representation of this fact beyond prayers in a mosque – until now.
We recently discovered an Instagram called Places You’ll Pray. With the help of its eager followers @placesyoullpray posts pictures of Muslims praying all over the world. We mean this literally.
The feed features people prostrated on streets corners and woodland floors and even glaciers. There are Muslims making Dua in parking lots and on mountain tops. We even see a group of men praying on an oil rig off the coast of Malaysia.
Check it out:
All of the posts on Places You’ll Pray remind us that Islam can be observed no matter your environment, whether its natural or manmade. As Ammar described, Muslims can be at opposite ends of the earth, in completely different surrounds, and they will still be united in the way they pray.
Take a look at some of our favourite shots from Places You’ll Pray below:
I apologize for the slow postings, but I am excited to share that Places You’ll Pray is almost ready for it’s main exhibit and I’ve been working nonstop to get this done for the public. For those of you interested, the exhibit will be open to everyone from April 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017 inside the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in Washington, D.C. – U.S.A. You will not only see my work, but the work of all my incredibly talented classmates as well as the work of those that we share our school with. For the time being, here is another photo from my thesis: “To hide, to go out of my way, or to pray somewhere hidden is a disservice to myself as a Muslim. I don’t need to be invisible for anyone.” Seen praying inside the Columbia University Law School in #NewYork, New York – U.S.A. #PlacesYoullPray @columbia
Just jumping in to shout out the guy who paused his shred sesh on some fresh powder to pray:
And this group, who have managed to combine their prayers with their #gains: