Private prayer

Women are not obliged to attend the mosque, so many pray at home with their children. All that is needed is a clean place to pray so that they can show proper respect for Allah. The mother's role is important in teaching children prayers and readings from the Qur'an.

Verses from the Qur'an in various styles of calligraphy are often displayed in the home as decoration, but as in the mosque, there are no images of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad.

Some homes have a qiblah to show the direction of Mecca.

Even at home, Muslims must perform wudu before prayers, take off their shoes and use a prayer mat. They perform several rakats of Salat facing Mecca.

The Qur'an teaches that the whole world is a mosque, so people can pray anywhere. The important thing for Muslims is to keep Allah constantly in mind by worshipping him five times daily.

Family prayer

Family prayer is an important part of the life of a Muslim living in Wales. If there is no mosque close by, Salat prayers will be performed at home, perhaps in a spare room, where the family gather to perform prayer together.

In these circumstances the family pray together and men and women are not separated. Each member of the family will have their own prayer mat.

Reading the Qur'an is regarded as a part of worship, so when a family gather together to read the Qur'an, that too is family prayer.

A father sitting on the floor reading the Qur'an with his young son on his lap
A Muslim father prays at home with his young son
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