National Geographic : 1953 Jul
AMinarets Stab Sky over Medina, Islam's Second Holiest City Medina, more temperate inclimate than Mecca, is known tothe Arab world for itsluscious dates, its leisurely ways, itspiety, and itsbefriending ofthe Prophet inhis exile. Many aged Moslems set tlehere todie, confident that Judgment Day will find them arising with Mo hammed and marching to Mecca toarouse the rest of mankind (page 60). <- Rank on Rank, Islam Bows inPrayer Five times aday-at dawn, noon, midafternoon, sunset, and early night Moslems wherever they are face Mecca and pray. These offer midafternoon prayers inMina. The basic rakah, orbow ing, consists of seven move ments: crying "Allahu ak bar!" (God ismost great) with hands open beside the face; reciting, upright, verses from the Koran; bowing from the hips; straightening; sliding to knees and falling face for ward; sitting back on one's haunches; asecond pros tration.