St. Petersburg Times Interactive Special Report
Dr. Ghiath Mahmaljy, 50, reads his Koran outside the Barclay Avenue mosque after a time of prayer. Mahmaljy has no formal schooling as a spiritual leader, but he often presents the Friday speech at the mosque, relying on knowledge he acquired through his own study of the Koran.

Hear the call to prayer or adhan:

[Times photo: Daniel Wallace]
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