Prayers at the mosque of Fatimei-Zahra
The Fatimei-Zahra mosque in the Surakhani district of Baku is named after Fatima, the daughter of the prophet of Islam Muhammad.
Mosque-goers gathered at the mosque on June 15, the end of the month of Ramadan, for a festive last prayer.
Men prayed in the front of the mosque while women prayed in a separate section. In accordance with the Muslim customs, only family members may see women during prayer.
In the hands of many were surah – chapters from the Koran, written on a small sheet of paper in the Azerbaijani alphabet. It was provided by the mosque free of charge to help those who do not know Arabic.
A box with the inscription ‘fitra’ was located in front of the mosque, and was for collecting Zakyat al-Fitr: charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
How much do believers give? Fitra is equal to three kilograms of flour. According to Sharia law – Islamic jurisprudence – the donation can also be some kind of granular, dry food local to the area such as millet or rice.