«On the road with God»: as a mere mortal to find a place to pray at the station

© RIA Novosti / Maria Ostrovitjanova in the name of St. Sergius of Radonezh at the Yaroslavl station«On the road with God»: as a mere mortal to find a place to pray at the station© RIA Novosti / Maria Ostrovnaya she said

Want to catch a train or a plane and pray for safe journey in the chapel at the station or at the airport? Then get out of the house with a margin: to find the prayer room will be hard, and this almost nobody will be able to help.

«Is there somewhere that has a chapel or prayer room?» — ask the policeman at the entrance to the railway station.

«You won’t find them,» answers the guard.

I decided to personally verify their absence in and around all areas of the station. Room by room, floor by floor throughout the building of the Kazan station, no pointer, a guide to the chapel or prayer room for Muslims.

Only after almost half an hour I came upon the entrance to the temple in honor of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God. It turned out that to find it pretty easy to people belonging to the railway station Komsomolskaya square. But travelers entering the inside from the metro station, will have, like me, to wander through the many halls of Kazan. According to her, here are a few of the visitors because the chapel hard to find and one of the responsible employees of the Church is already negotiating with the stations to place the signs. But so far in vain.

«In addition, by scanning the chapel had two months to close — and we’re only a few days ago opened up again, people may still not know about it. And yesterday I later the chapel was closed, one male asked to the icon to kiss before a long journey. The train’s night, come sooner he could not» — throws up his hands my companion.

On Thursdays, she adds, in the chapel, the father comes and is prayer. «But few people, sometimes just me and him. It’s a shame. And we have a chapel in honor of St. Nicholas, the patron Saint of travelers, people can submit a note with a request to pray for them Saint,» says the woman.

According to her, in the chapel crowded with people, only in February, when carried in a procession all the stations of Moscow. In Sheremetyevo while care only about Christians — two chapels and no prayer rooms for Muslims. Mufti Alyautdinov said that in a newly built airport terminal is scheduled to open. However, on Islamic forums you can find reports that a prayer room for Muslims there, but it is not easy to get.

«If anything, there is a prayer room in Sheremetyevo. Contact the Manager of Turkish airlines, they will give you the key to the room of prayer,» informs fellow user Abu Ibrahima.

But Vnukovo airport just provided a prayer room just for Muslims. But to find it extremely difficult, again due to the lack of landmarks.

«I see the signs leading to the toilet? Follow him there at the same time and the mosque there,» he advised me, one of the airport staff.

Indeed, a prayer room for Muslims is adjacent to the toilet. Inside the chapel crowded, at the same time it can perform the prayer with only three people. However, there is a place for ablutions.

«I always pray before a journey. When you pray — not afraid to fly. Do not be afraid of women here, too, can go» — cheers my man walked out of the room. © RIA Novosti / Maria Controlappdomain performing prayers in the mosque at Vnukovo airport«On the road with God»: as a mere mortal to find a place to pray at the station© RIA Novosti / Maria Controlappdomain performing prayers in the mosque at Vnukovo airport

The relevance before flight

Prayer rooms in airports are believers in great demand, than in the stations. On the forums, some travelers flying on night flights, are complaining that the only disadvantage of chapels and rooms for prayers — part time availability.

Only room in Vnukovo is open to believers always. But there are some downsides: almost no one saw here the duty of the Imam. While I was talking to a Muslim, the mosque was approached by three Orthodox nuns. They carefully looked around the chapel. Not finding where to pray, the women shrugged and went to pass the passport control. © RIA Novosti / Maria Sustrova in honor of the Kiev-Pechersk icon of the Mother of God at the Kiev station«On the road with God»: as a mere mortal to find a place to pray at the station© RIA Novosti / Maria Sustrova in honor of the Kiev-Pechersk icon of the Mother of God at the Kiev station

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