26. Why do some Egyptian men have a dark area on their foreheads?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #26
The spot is called a prayer bump or zebiba, meaning “raisin” in Arabic. It is a discoloring of the skin or callus that forms as the result of a prostrating Muslim’s head repeatedly rubbing the mat during prayer. An observant Muslim may perform 34 prostrations (sajdahs) daily. Consequently the prayer bump is sometimes regarded as a sign of piety.
The man with the zebiba in the photo is Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.