In the middle of all the fun, Mohammed realizes he is late for his ‘Asr, afternoon prayer. Again Mohammed excuses himself. His friends wonder why he has to leave. Mohammed keeps, telling them he has to help his mom clean and they are finding it strange. He is afraid to tell them he has to go pray.
“Maybe we can play tomorrow.” says Levi. Mohammed runs off without answering. This continues for a few weeks as Mohammed keeps leaving his friends “to clean his house”. His friends continued to wonder. “His house must be the cleanest on the block. He cleans it everyday.” says Izabele.
One day, Levi asks Mohammed why he keeps leaving? Mohammed quietly answers that he is afraid to tell them he is Muslim. He explains that part of being a Muslim means he has to pray five times a day. He is afraid they will not understand. Sometimes he needs to stop what he is doing to go pray.
“We did not know.” Sarah says. Mohammed is relieved, he explains that he thought they would not be his friends anymore if he told them about being Muslim and having to leave to pray. “You are not different. We all pray, just not all in the same way. We understand. We are friends.” says Levi. “Tell us about how you pray.”
Mohammed tells them that there are five prayers called the Salat in his Islamic faith. They must be prayed at a specific time daily in a clean room or at the mosque. They are: Fajr, Dhuhr, 'Asr, Maghrib and 'Isha. These prayers remind Muslims to seek God for guidance, forgiveness and to keep them connected to God.
After answering a few questions Mohammed felt more comfortable. His friends were curious, but did not treat him any differently. They were all kids that just wanted to have fun. Mohammed now realized prayer did not make him any different. We all pray, just in different ways. The End