It’s Friday afternoon at a Lexington mosque.
Wearing a maroon hijab covering most of her dark brown hair, Nada Shalash is standing with a group of women who are shoulder to shoulder at Lexington’s Masjid Bilal during Friday prayers.
“The significance of that is when you stand in front of God to pray there is no title. You may be a physician standing next to a lawyer, standing next to a teacher and not even realize the only thing bringing you shoulder to shoulder is your identity as a Muslim and your devotion to God,” she said.
The 24-year old just graduated from a master’s program in social work at the University of Kentucky and has been a member of this mosque for 5 years. She said Friday is considered Muslims’ holy day of the week. She compares it to Sunday for Christians and Saturday for people of the Jewish faith.