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(from Arab, masjid, “temple”). “Place of prostration” or pub. prayer in Islam*; in the middle of the open, rectangular court, which is surrounded by covered porticoes, is a fountain for ablutions; in a wall of the hall on the side facing Mecca is a niche called mihrab, which indicates the direction of Mecca and usually contains a copy of the Koran*; to its right is the minbar (mimbar), or pulpit; call to prayer is sounded from minarets attached to outside wall of bldg.

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