Crash Course in Islam — Sabbath
>>STEVE ST. GEORGE: Hello. I'm Steve St. George. And this is your crash course in Islam. Today we discuss the day of prayer. While Muslims do not celebrate the Sabbath like Jews or Christians they do have a day of prayer that is a lot like many Christian church services. This day is Friday. In fact the very word for Friday in Arabic comes from the name for the special prayer that is done only on that day. It's also the day Muslims are expected to pray at mosque. All other days of the week Muslims may pray in private. All men are required to attend Friday prayers. Women can attend voluntarily. And men and women are separated once inside praying in different areas. In some countries Muslims go to mosque when the call to prayer is sounded from the nearest tower. The call is similar to church bells in Christianity, calling congregants to worship. Although the call itself is a prayer. In places where there is no call to prayer. The tradition of gathering on Friday is still observed. For Muslims these prayers are a powerful act of remembrance of Allah and an important part of community building. For crash course in Islam. I'm Steve St. George.