Frequent question: Can I use a towel as a prayer rug?

What does a prayer mat look like?

Appearing early in Islamic history, the most common and basic design almost looks like a door to heaven. The rug is in the shape of a vertical rectangle, with a woven arched doorway, a “mihrab”, an ornamental niche in the wall of a mosque, which marks the direction of the qibla, which is the Kaaba in Mecca.

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