Call to Prayer

Mosque in my town, MoroccoMy apartment is on the top-floor of a four-story building. The building is directly across from a HUGE mosque. I didn't even think twice about NOT renting this place, thinking to myself: "How often am I going to have the opportunity to live across from a mosque?"

The muezzin [call to prayer] happens five times daily, lasting just a few minutes each time1: pre-dawn, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon and dusk. It's sorta-funny-in-a-you're-not-suppose-to-laugh way when there's a problem with the microphone, or when the iman [man who does the calls] coughs or clears his throat into the microphone during the muezzin. I had considered getting a wallclock for my home, but the calls are so precise that it's not necessary to get one; the 4:30am2 call is great when I need to get up early to catch transportation out of my site!

As of today, the Fifth Anniversary of the Attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, I have heard the call to prayer more than 1800 times!

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[Allah is most great, Allah is most great]

Ash-hadu anna la- Illaha Il-Allah
[I bear witness that there is no other object of worship except Allah]

Ash-hadu anna Muhammad-an-rasoolullah
[I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah]

Hayya alass-salah
[Come to prayer]

Hayya Alal Falah
[Come to success]

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[Allah is most great, Allah is most great]

La-ilaha il-Allah
[There is no other object of worship except Allah]

1. The call is a capella, but sometimes, I turn up the music on my laptop computer to add to it.
2. From my perch on the roof, I can see some of my neighbors going to the mosque. I can say with conviction that I don'tjudge those who do not go to pray; they are still good Muslims to me!
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Blogger Barbara aka Yooni

just dropping by to say hello! did you get the colorful gmail for your email link? i want one =)

Blogger cory

footnote 1 is about the funniest thing i've ever read. i live next to a mosque also, and i live in terror of them hearing my bollywood movies through the wall. good for you with the cultural synthesis!!!

Blogger Nam LaMore

BARBARA: thanks for dropping by .. as for the gmail banner, it's a customized banner - but i forget the site name where I got it (but it's not from Google's site!). there's a site that will generate email banners for google, yahoo, and msn/hotmail. i'll try to look it up and email the site to you.

CORY: yeah, i've heard that you share a common wall with the mosque -- that is an experience that is over the top!

Anonymous deniz

Hello. Your blog looks very professional. I am from Turkey. Nice to meet you...

Anonymous Morocco Property

Hello Nam.
How are you.
You know I also live close to a mosque. I have been living there for 4 years and I used to. And now when I hear the voice from mosque i can say what time is is without looking on watch. :)

speak up!

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