TE21 Serbian Moments

Dejan Tiago Stanković


left her with bruises all over her body and tears in her clothes. She would have fared better had she just remembered to yell haram! This way shewas traumatized for the rest of her life and the police could not help her. They just told her that there were cases where the woman did not survive and that she should be more careful how she dressed when she stepped out into the street.

day, and this consists of turning to Allah, reciting vows of faithfulness, praise and prayer, and a relatively elaborate choreography of positions, ranging from sitting, standing and bowing to prostrating oneself. At least twice during the prayer, the worshipper touches the sijada, the prayer mat, with his forehead. In some cases, it leaves amark on the brow. In others, the mark becomes a bump, a callus, like on a knee. Some Muslims consider the zebiba on the forehead to be an incontrovertible sign of devotion to the faith and piety. Those who are especially proud of their zebiba believe that on Judgment Day this bump will fluoresce with divine light. Many people think that with just a little bit of care one can avoid injuring the skin, and hence that zebibas are usually deliberately grown. Taher, for instance, who knew little about Islambut a lot about the importanceof status symbols, claimed that most zebibas in Cairo were false and made with kana.

The opposite of haram is halal.




A zebiba is a raisin, but it is also a mark on the forehead that some Muslims get from repeatedly pressing their the brow on the prayer mat during daily prayers.

Islam requires its followers to bow in prayer five times a



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