This series is a project started by Sana Ullah, in which she ran this project on IG @ placesyoullpray. You can also check out her website at www.placesyoullpray.com
I decided to write about this as I was fascinated when I first came across this in my Facebook newsfeed – a series of amazing photos of Muslims praying at random places.
Somehow, it evokes the essence of peace and the beauty of Islam. It makes you feel that you are not alone in carrying out your daily obligatory responsibilities as a Muslim.
In a world where Muslims are being increasingly associated with extremism by virtue of their faith, the struggle to carry out our daily prayers in a comfortable and quiet location can be a daunting task.
I had my fair share of stares whenever I pray in public, but I’m lucky enough to be a Singaporean in which racial and religious tolerance are highly taught of in our city-state.
Other cities might not be as tolerant, I’d imagine.
PLACES YOU’LL PRAY
Thus, i’m glad Sana Ullah, an American-Bangladeshi based in Florida, decided to do her bit to show Islam on a different light.
In January 2015, she started the ‘Places You’ll Pray’ project, an initiative which captures Muslims observing salah or their daily prayer in public spaces. The trend got quickly picked up on social media from the hashtag #placesyoullpray and Muslims around the world chipped in to share their own photos.
The project features images from various parts of the world, from Indonesia to Sweden to US, of Muslims performing their daily prayers at public places – beaches, mountains, offices, gas stations, restaurants and roadsides to name a few.
I’ve curated a top 20 of my own favourite list which evokes the omnipresent, unity and tranquility of Islam.
Whenever you are, you can be sure there are Muslims out there who face a bigger struggle than you are – and I’m thankful.
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5. Photo shared by @javaid2good from Devil’s Pass, Sedona, AZ-USA.
8. Seen praying at Aoraki/Mount Cook in New Zealand. Photo shared by @halaltournz.
9. Seen praying inside the Columbia University Law School in #NewYork, USA.
10. “People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order, at #Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, #Texas, U.S.” Photo shared by Laura Buckman (@laura_buckman) of @reuters.
11. Seen praying in Jateng, Indonesia. Photo shared by @ulil_usrock
12. Fisherman seen praying in his boat in Bangladesh. Photo shared by @naturalbangladesh
14. Seen praying at a gas station in Clewiston, Florida after leaving a farm on Sunday, September 12, 2016: Eid Ul Adha
15. Seen praying in Petra, Jordan. Photo shared by @yasinv
16. Seen praying in the Kew Gardens of southwest London, England. Photo shared by @andala_j
20. Seen praying on the side of the road in West Bengal. Photo shared by @naasi_goreng.
22. “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” Seen praying at the #Urdukas Camping Site in #Karakoram, #Pakistan. Photo shared by @haiderscorp.