Muslims exchange gifts on holidays, weddings, and they give presents to new neighbours, imams, and sometimes converts to Islam. Some gifts represent cultural traditions, some assist Muslims with worship and others combine new artistic media with traditional Islamic imagery. Non-Muslims sometimes collect them for the aesthetic value. You can find these gifts at many local Muslim-owned businesses, including bookstores, butcher shops and clothing stores.
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Items for Worship
Mosques and Muslim homes use elaborate prayer rugs. The rugs are not mandatory but provide a clean surface for prostrating and kneeling. The rugs are usually made of polyester velvet, and feature embroidered geometric and floral designs or tone-on-tone designs cut into the fabric pile. They come in individual sizes, small enough for one or two to pray or in a size large enough for about four adults.
Respect for the Qur'an as a written text is traditional; Muslim families may put their copies on a high shelf when not reading them, or a decorated holder when reading. These holders are X-shaped, to support the covers while reading. The sides are carved and decorated.
Muslims pray five times daily. Clocks programmed to sound the adhan, or call to prayer, at the beginning of each prayer time,. The clock may be a good gift for a new Muslim getting used to regular prayers, or a Muslim new to the area who could need help adjusting to new prayer times.
Islamic Art and Home Decor
Arabic calligraphy depicting the names of God, verses of the Qur'an or statements made by the Prophet Muhammad adorn mosques and Muslim homes around the world. Artisans work calligraphy onto posters and tapestries, plates, vases, seashells and plaques.
Framed photos or drawings of mosques around the world, but especially the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina and Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem are stunning decorations for any home, as they often feature the calligraphy that adorns them,or aerial views of the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Using incense is traditional in many Muslim-majority countries, and many Muslims use it in their homes. Incense is available in a wide variety of scents, including new scents that imitate popular perfumes. Incense is available in sticks, or as bakhour, a type of incense that comes in cake or tablet form, used in the Arab world. Muslims may light Incense and place it in a wooden or metal holder, or place it in an electric burner.
Kitchen and Serving Ware
Tea and coffee are essential parts of hospitality in many Muslim-majority countries. Muslims serve them at dinners during Ramadan and holidays, weddings, and while on social visits. Tea and coffee sets may be made of brass, ceramic, or glass. Glass tea or coffee cups sometimes have gilded rims.
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