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Worshipers remove their shoes as they enter the mosque, leaving them on racks or in piles. The idea is leave the dirt of the world outside as they bow to Allah.

The recording was taken on May 7, 2004 during the Friday jumua service at the Hernando County mosque near Spring Hill. Delivering the sermon is a guest speaker, Zia Sheikh, the imam serving the Islamic Community of Tampa Bay in Tampa.

[Times photo: Daniel Wallace]
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