Imams warned not to rush through prayers; Smelly sock also a no-no

ISTANBUL — Doðan News Agency — The teravih prayer, held late at night during the month of Ramadan, should not last less than 25-30 minutes, the mufti in the town of Bolu, Yaþar Yaprak, said earlier this week.

The teravih prayer usually lasts at least an hour, but some imams are known to complete the prayer in around 10 minutes, leading to the faithful to flock to mosques where this prayer lasts the least.

Speaking at a meeting with 412 imams and other religious officials, Yaprak warned participants not to rush through the teravih prayer, noting that doing it too quickly could do more harm than good.

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“Do not conduct this prayer in a way that would justify the creation of terms like ‘jet imams.’ The prayers recited should be comprehensible,” he said.

However, the mufti also warned against conducting the prayers too slowly, noting, “beware of doing it too slowly and boring the congregation.”

No garlic, onion, smelly socks in mosques:

Meanwhile, the mufti of the Aegean town of Denizli, Mehmet Köse, yesterday warned people not to come to mosques after eating garlic or onion or in dirty clothes or socks, saying, “Our prophet ordered, ‘don’t come to the mosques if you have eaten onion or garlic.'”

Bad odors in mosques during prayer will harm the peace and tranquility of the prayer will diminish, he said.

“I would like members of the congregation to wear their best clothes to the mosque,” he said.

Köse also asked people to turn off their mobile phones before entering the mosque.

On questions about fasting, Köse said, “One cannot chew chewing gum with additives while fasting. Beliefs exist that using eye drops and getting shots ruin the fast, but these are not true. A person who fasts can get shots, use eye drops or get his tooth pulled out.”


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, Dodan News Agency, via Turkish Daily News, Sep. 12, 2007,

Religion News Blog posted this on Thursday September 13, 2007.
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