A musalla (Arabic: مصلى, translit. muṣallá) is an open space outside a mosque, mainly used for prayer in Islam.[1] The word is derived from the verb صلى (ṣallā), meaning "to pray". A musalla is also referred to a room, structure, or place for conducting salah which is smaller than a mosque. It is usually used for conducting the five mandatory prayers or other prayers in a small congregation or individually by Muslims, but not for large congregation prayers such as Friday prayer, Eid prayer, Taraweeh, etc. Musallas are usually present in airports, malls, and other public places of Muslim-majority countries, as well as some non-Muslim countries, for Muslims to conduct their daily prayers. Usually, a musalla will not contain a minbar.

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  1. The Encyclopaedia of Islam. New Edition. Brill, Leiden. Vol. 7, pg. 658; al-mausūʿa al-fiqhiyya. Kuwait 1998. Vol. 38, pg 29

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