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Friday Prayers in Cairo, Egypt

Friday kicks off the weekend for most of Egyptians and is considered a day of rest. Besides Friday prayer, which shuts down the city midday for a few hours, Cairenes spend the day enjoying several different activities. Among wealthier Cairenes bicycling is slowly becoming more popular as a way to get around the city’s notorious traffic. Others are more traditional and one of many coffeehouses in the city where they drink coffee or tea, play backgammon, and smoke the water pipe called shisha. The coffeehouses have long been a place for discussion, recitation or the Koran, and the telling of tales by storytellers. Hamada Elrasam speaks to Cairenes from all walks of life about how they are spending their day of leisure.
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Muslims stand in lines at Friday’s prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque. Since the clashes of 2013, the Egyptian government has put together a plan they say prevents hate speech in mosques. Each week, the Al-Azhar mosque presents Egyptian clerics with a topic or t
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Muslims stand in lines at Friday’s prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque. Since the clashes of 2013, the Egyptian government has put together a plan they say prevents hate speech in mosques. Each week, the Al-Azhar mosque presents Egyptian clerics with a topic or t

Mohamed Omar 24, a student and carpenter, is seen after Friday’s prayers in Cairo on May 27, 2016. He says “I come here to Al-Azhar for prayers. At Al-Azhar Mosque the speeches and prayers focus more on morals and how to be a good person, which still no
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Mohamed Omar 24, a student and carpenter, is seen after Friday’s prayers in Cairo on May 27, 2016. He says “I come here to Al-Azhar for prayers. At Al-Azhar Mosque the speeches and prayers focus more on morals and how to be a good person, which still no

The Friday market in east Cairo is famous for very cheap prices and a large variety of goods sold, like clothes, furniture, pets, and used electronics. 27 May 2016, Cairo. (Photo: Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
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The Friday market in east Cairo is famous for very cheap prices and a large variety of goods sold, like clothes, furniture, pets, and used electronics. 27 May 2016, Cairo. (Photo: Hamada Elrasam for VOA)

Khaled El-Antably and with his sons Ahmed and Mahmoud are buying new shirts for the hot summer. Khaled says “Prices here is very low compared to the big malls. The quality is not the best, but what can we do? Nothing lasts.” 27 May 2016, Cairo. (Photo
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Khaled El-Antably and with his sons Ahmed and Mahmoud are buying new shirts for the hot summer. Khaled says “Prices here is very low compared to the big malls. The quality is not the best, but what can we do? Nothing lasts.” 27 May 2016, Cairo. (Photo

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