Ostend_Day 3_The Mosque

Ief: I’m sorry Rope. You would have loved it. It was huge.

Rope: It’s fine. It was too busy. There were too many people at the Friday Prayer. I couldn’t fit in.


A bit before two in the afternoon I was brought by the people from the square to the Mosque and put in front of the door, so I could get a glimpse from inside the Mosque. I couldn’t actually go inside; there were too many people and a rope of 60 meters just didn’t quite fit. Ief did go to the ceremony. Afterwards the people coming of the mosque brought me back to the square. That happened so naturally. It is unbelievable how something like this can just naturally happen again and again. A number of people lift you up, and suddenly you’re being carried by twenty people.

The kids were happy to see me again. As promised, Fabrice brought a camera and took some pictures. The kids played and played. At 19:30 we had to leave. I said goodbye to the kids I might never get to see again. They didn’t want me to go. I was sad. I though as loudly as I could: ‘you guys are GREAT’. I’m sure they noticed.
At 8 pm we met up with Anthony at the mosque to take a picture inside the empty mosque after all. Ief and Senne had to take off their shoes. Slowly they dragged me inside. We were all alone. It was an enormous space with a thick red carpet with the same patterns everywhere. They laid me in a perfect circle, as they would have done during the prayer. I imagined that on each square on the carpet, there was standing one man. There are 512 squares so that would have been 512 men. It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course. It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.It is amazing to lay in a perfect circle. Not that you would know that, of course.


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