Seyyid Nizam Camiisi (Seyyid Nizam Mosque)
Seyit Nizam Caddesi No: 69 Zeytinburnu / İstanbul
Daily, except prayer times.
Muslims pray five times each day. The precise timing of prayers often vary by a few minutes each day, therefore throughout a year there is a wide range of prayer times. The reason is that Islamic prayer times were traditionally set according to the movement of the sun.
Actually Islamic prayers are fixed at the same "time" period each day -- before dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening. Because of the rotation of the earth, the latitudes of the earth’s locations, daylight savings time, etc. -- the "times" (according to the clock) for these prayers change depending on time of day and location.
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The Seyyid Nizam Mosque was built as a dervish lodge by Seyyid Nizam, who migrated from Baghdad to Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Selim I. After the lodge was closed in 1925, the space was converted for use as a mosque.
Although the exact date of its founding is unknown, it is estimated that it was built sometime during the second quarter of the16th Century and underwent a number of repairs over the course of its history.
In 1974 the entrance to the courtyard and the surrounding walls were restored to their original state by a philanthropist named Ahmet İpan. Today it an important place for religious pilgrimages, and a public fountain was added to its courtyard during the 1980’s.
Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. It comes from the Arabic word 'masjid' which literally means "a place for prostration". Mosques are also places where Muslims come together for different purposes such as education, social gatherings, public meetings, exhibitions, lectures etc. Although there is no specific requirement for mosques in terms of their architecture, one can see some common features inside and outside of many mosques such as minarets, domes, ablution areas, prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar) and so on.
Muslims are obliged to perform the ritual worship 5 times a day. They are not required to attend a mosque for each of these prayers however in order to interact with the community they are encouraged to pray in congregation. Friday noon is the only time in a week when Muslims must definitely join the congregational prayer in a mosque after which they can continue their work, education or other commitments.
Azan or the call for prayer is a vocal announcement that one can hear from minarets 5 times a day. The call to prayer is made live -even early in the morning- by a person called 'muazzin'. The muazzins are usually chosen from people with loud and beautiful voices and trained over years to make this announcement beautifully and invite people to worship.