Sunday 25 August 2019

Mosque congregation praying in wrong direction for 40 years

 

Worshippers at a mosque in Turkey had been praying in the wrong direction for nearly four decades before its new imam realised the error (stock picture)
Worshippers at a mosque in Turkey had been praying in the wrong direction for nearly four decades before its new imam realised the error (stock picture)

Micheal Silke

Worshippers at a mosque in Turkey had been praying in the wrong direction for nearly four decades before its new imam realised the error.

The mosque in Sugoren, in the country's western Yalova province, had a key flaw in its construction that meant faithful Muslims - who are instructed to kneel in the direction of Mecca during prayers - had misaligned themselves by as much as 33 degrees, the 'Daily Sabah' reported. Imam Isa Kaya was appointed last year and, following rumours about the alignment of a niche in the mosque's wall indicating the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, he decided to ask the advice of local muftis.

Rather than tear down the niche immediately, Mr Kaya used a temporary measure to point people in the right direction - placing arrows made of white tape on the mosque's carpet.

An architect will be tasked with redesigning the mosque.

Irish Independent

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