mosques etiquette, Istanbul
Muslims washing their feet before going into a mosque (The New Mosque in this case). While it's not required to wash your feet before going into a mosque it is strictly forbidden to do so with your shoes on. Special racks can be found where shoes should be stored on.
Fountains such as the one pictured here are found outside of every mosque. Before entering for prayers, a Muslim must have ablution, or the washing of the hands, face, neck and feet before his prayers will be accepted.
When you enter the mosque, you will be expected to take your shoes off and put on some slippers. If you are a woman, I suggest you wear something not too sexy or suggestive, unless you just love to be stared at.
Before entering a mosque you will be asked to remove your shoes, there is a carpet where you do this so your socks will not get dirty. Do not make the mistake as I did and remove your shoes while standing on the stone walkway or you will get a stern lecture.
When you enter in a mosque you should take your shoes off.This costum is part of the Islamic Religion.Also women should be dressed well with no naked parts of the body.But this is in every religion.
Men will usually wash and clean exposed parts of their bodies before entering the mosque. Prayer is usually done kneeling facing the direction of the sunrise.
When entering a mosque you have to cover your head (women), wear long sleeves (arms and legs) and take off your shoes. Is a very pleasant sensation to walk barefeet on the marble on a hot summer day.
Things you should know : All visitors must remove their shoes in mosques.Women should cover heads;sleeveless shirts,shorts,and very short skirts are inappropriate.