Prayer is anobligatory component of Islam. Prayer is a compulsory obligation to beperformed by an adult Muslim five times a day. Its essential elements are thecleanliness of body and the place of praying as well. In order to clean theirbodies, Muslims perform ablution. Muslims are required to know the khana Kaba(qibla) direction towards Mecca, Saudi Arabia from their house even if they areoutside the house during the journey or traveling.
In order toperform prayer, it is necessary to pray on the neat and clean surface. For thispurpose, Muslims use prayer rugs. Prayer rugs can also be called:Muslimprayer mats,Salat prayerrugs,Sajada salatjanamaz, Turkishprayer rugs,Prayer rugcarpet,CarpetIslamic Muslim SallahA prayer rugis basically a piece of fabric or cloth or whatever material based on themanufacturing process.
A prayer rug is a tradition for hundreds of years ago.The basic purpose is to perform prayer on the neat and clean surface on theprayer rug. Normally, Muslims prefer an image of qibla and some various randomdecent designs. The place where Muslims all over the world prostrate on aprayer rug or mat is known as sajdah (SALAT?). A prayer rug is found in everyMuslim house and is more often than not a constant travel companion thattravels with the Muslims.Prayer rugscome in different designs, texture, and colors and the earliest ones were madeof stuff from palm fronds and reeds to the purest threads and fabrics. Theirweaving reflects the mystery of different Islamic phases.
A single prayer rugcan tell many stories.Its usagebegins with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who prayed on a “khumrah”; a mat madeof palm fronds. Prayers must be performed on a clean surface; for that purpose,prayer rugs are needed.During earlyages of Islamic history, the most common, basic and famous design was a doorwhich looks like the door to heaven. These days there have been many creativedesigns, and improvisations added over the decades by different designersartisans and weavers.
Before hundredsof years ago, prayer rugs were produced from the date palm fronds but with thepassage of time they are getting better and comfortable and decorated as wellnowadays different designs are available and are in trend.Historically,prayer rug’s importance is particularly very high because when Islam originatedbefore 1400 years ago it was very difficult to find a neat and clean place toworship that’s why the trend of prayer rugs came into existence (due to theneed of prayer rugs? I think this part here it’s extra) This concept to makeprayer rug was initially very simple. In the very beginning, simple cottonbased prayer rugs were utilized. In the start, it was simply an intrinsicrequirement but now the same exact idea is converting into luxury prayer rugs.
A prayer rug has characterized a niche at one end and indicates the mihrab inevery mosque which helps know the point of direction where the worshiper issupposed to pray towards which is pointed towards khana Kaaba situated in MeccaSaudi Arabia which is why prayer rugs are mostly designed or based on mosquelamps khana Kaaba(qibla) and Masjid e nabvi pictures and some other suchdesigns.Thesedecorations not only play an imagers role but also help the worshipers aid tomemory. Another purpose of decorated rugs is to attract the newly convertedMuslims. This way newly converted Muslims can imagine easily that where is thecenter of worship and they can easily get inspired by the mihrabs and theprayer rugs designing.Traditionally,prayer rugs are made in small towns and villages.
But now with the passage oftime prayer rugs are manufacturing in industrial areas too. Many times prayerrugs are gifted too and when Muslims go to perform hajj which is also a basicelement of Islam on return from hajj the Muslims buy prayer rugs as a gift fortheir loved ones from Mecca Saudi Arabia.Today, it iseasy and affordable to buy a prayer rug.
The mass production ones come indifferent colors, and sizes from purple yellow, green and red to a mixturecombination of basic mihrab designs. The more effort put and more designed aprayer rug the more expensive it can be.In oldprayers rugs, the prayer rugs could tell you their origin, which tribe or townthey were woven by, what message they tried to express etc.In the late15th to the early 16th centuries, the prayer rug was called bellini carpet,made in Anatolia were used and were famous.
This rug symbolically describes theenvironment of the mosque with the entrance and mihrab with some hanging cornerlamps. In early16th-century busra prayers, a new design was introduced in rug similar toentrance on the palace. It was the new trend because previous prayer rugs had alot of hanging lights design. But this prayer rug contained only one hanginglight which made it more decent and elegant. In the late19th century Kazak prayer rug introduced new trends. This prayer mat containeddifferent compatible designs which endorsed everyone so that this prayer rugwas amazingly different and elegant.After theearly 20th-century prayer rugs enhanced and became more comfortable andportable because of their lightweight. Today prayer rug is an industry andthere’s a lot of competition in the market so that’s why prayer mats areavailable at affordable prices.
A prayer rug is a simple yet significantpiece of fabric, the prayer mat started to intrigue influential Muslims leadersearly on.Under theMughal dynasties, the prayer rug industry flourished and prayer rugs came to beconsidered as national treasures and assets as well.You cansearch and find other designs available in silk, cotton or wool in specialsouqs or in different online stores.Thetraditional ones are made by different regions, tribes, and peoples.