CAIRO - In an effort to encourage children to pray to Allah, a Turkish mosque is offering computers to youngsters who perform prayers for at least two months.
"We wanted to attract the attention of youngsters and encourage them to pray by capitalizing on their enthusiasm for technology and the Internet, Cebrail ÃztÃ¼rk, the imam of the DayÄ±lÄ± Mosque in Yozgat's AkdaÄmadeni district, told Anatolia news agency.
He said children who attend prayers at the mosque for at least 180 times in two months will be awarded with a free tablet PC.Muslim Prayers
"Children can collect the coupons that we distribute after each prayer.
The imam said the PC campaign is funded by villagers and Turks living in Europe.
Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rakah.
The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with fajr prayer at dawn.
Then prayer times are divided from the time the sun declines, which is mid-day, until the darkening of the night, includes Zuhr (noon prayer), `Asr (evening prayer), Maghrib (sunset prayer) and `Ishaa' (night prayer).
Muslims make up approximately 99 percent of Turkey's population.Turkey has thousands of mosques, the most famous of which are Blue Mosque, which is marked with its blue tile work ornamenting its interior walls.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net