Muslims Misguided* Prayers

Muslims in Indonesia have been facing* the wrong way during prayers, according to the country’s highest Islamic authority.
Muslims are supposed to* face the holy city of Mecca during prayers.  In fact, mosques* are designed that way.
“But it has been decided that actually, the Mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift* the direction slightly to the northwest,” said Cholil Ridwan, head of the nation’s Islamic council.  “There’s no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayers.”
He downplayed* the change and said that Muslims should not feel their prayers have been wasted.*   “Their prayers will be heard by Allah,” he said.
misguide – vést špatným směrem
face – směřovat
are supposed to – měli by
mosque – mešita
shift – změnit
downplay – zlehčit
be wasted – být zbytečný
Question for discussion:
Does it matter how you pray?


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