Posted on 07/06/2012 by __socrates

SUTRAH. سترة
Lit. “That wherewith anything is concealed or covered.” Something put up before one engaged in or prayer facing Makkah, to prevent others from intruding upon his devotions. It may be a stick, or anything a cubit in height and an inch in thickness. (Mishkat, book iv ch x) [PRAYER.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam