For Muslim Gambians, prayer is a daily ritual, being one of the
Pillars of Islam. Good Muslims will pray five times a day, with
washed hands and bare feet and heads, kneeling on mats facing
||Calls to prayers are transmitted from mosques via
loudspeaker. The five prayers are as followed, with the Wolof
name in parenthesis:
Morning prayer (suba): Between dawn and 2:00 pm.
Afternoon prayer (tisbaar): Between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Evening prayer (taakusaan): Between 5:00 pm and dusk.
Dusk prayer (timis): One hour range during sunset.
Night prayer (gee): Between dusk and dawn.
An optional dawn prayer (fujar) is said as the sun rises. In addition
to these regular prayers, blessings are said on special occasions
(e.g. before a meal, at ceremonies, etc.) These group prayers
are usually in Arabic, and you should hold your hands in front
of you differently than you would for a Christian prayer, with
palms up and the pinkie finger sides touching. Amin is the appropriate
response during breaks in the speech and after the prayer concludes.