In the middle of the day before yesterday on the Square(one block in all directions off the corners of Trade and Tryon) I was chatting with Swazey at the Coffee Mill when I looked out the window and saw one of the cabbies preparing to go to prayer in what I perceived full Islamic fashion. I remember seeing this in the real with my own eyes for my first time years ago while traveling in Morocco with the Marine Corps. Through the years I have witnessed Muslim believers being called to prayer at various location around the world several more times but I had never seen what was about to happen manifest here in Charlotte, let alone the Square. I grabbed my camera which had the big lens on and literally ran out the door excusing myself from the intellectual conversation that Swazey and I were having based on the fact that neither one of us had ever seen anyone praying to Allah Uptoon.
I positioned myself far enough away that I did not feel like I was intruding on this man's personal space and then I went to work making a document.
The first strange thing that I noticed was that this dedicated follower of Islam was facing North, not Mecca. Observe that his car is to his immediate right and it is pointing directly south on Tryon. Mecca is actually to the east and a bit south of here which means that his positioning is way off.
As an observer I then realized that there was a mechanical device at the head of his prayer carpet.
Upon closer inspection I discovered that the object appears to be a portable credit card machine.
What a peculiar sight indeed. Many things about this Muslim prayer session did not seem real or better yet authentic to me as had the ones I have witnessed prior.
If any of your have any ideas that are not in anyway attached to hate or disrespect I would be willing to listen because I am truly not sure what I witnessed on the Square the day before yesterday.