Friday, May 20, 2005

May 17//Translation in the air

Muezzin: I attest that mohamed is the prophet of god, God is the biggest (Akhbar), God is the greatest (Akhbar). I attest the God is the greatest. Greet the prayer, greet the accomplishment (of God). God is the greatest. The Muezzin sings this in three different cadences on Fridays. Fayez had to listen to know what he was saying. The story of the Muezzin, the man who sings from the minarets over loud speakers, was started with Bilal, an Abyssinian slave. The legend is that he had a beautiful voice and Mohamed asked him to wake him up in the morning by singing.


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