FaithFreedom.org

The Islamic Call to Prayer

For the religious, regardless of faith, a call to prayer is a beautiful thing. It is soothing and comforting. It is done quietly, peacefully, and many a time, in unison. However, in Islam, I have to take an exception to that. Islam’s call to prayer is flat out annoying, bullying, and forces an invasion on everyone’s privacy. I hope the reader will give me the benefit of the doubt and read on so I can explain why I view Islam’s call to prayer as annoying, and an infringement on my individual freedom. It is a violation of my human rights.

The Power of Habit

If you live in the united states, “Thanksgiving” is a happy and festive time of the year. Many family members get together and eat a big feast, part of which is usually cooked Turkey. A story I heard is that once there was a housewife who used to cut the Turkey in half before putting it in the oven to cook. When asked “why she did that?”, she had no answer, but said “My Mom used to do that and I follow on her footsteps. So, she proceeded to call her Mom. Her Mom told her that her old oven was too small to fit a whole turkey in it unless it is cut in half. The irony is that her daughter has a modern stove and oven, with the largest oven size available in the market.

The above story shows the strong influence of habit and ritual traditions in our lives. We all have some in one form or another.

The Story of Islam’s Call to Prayer

Let me quote the story as narrated in Sirat Ibn Hisham (translated by Mohammad Mahdi Al-Sharif, Dar al-kotob al-Ilmiyyah, 2006, pp.110-111):

The messenger of Allah, at his arrival in medina, desired to take a horn, as this of the Jews, to be the sign of prayer; but he disliked it. Then, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) ordered of a gong to be sculpted and rung for this purpose.

Such being the case, a man called Abdullah Ibn Zayd Ibn Thaalabah, came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said: (Oh messenger of Allah! This night I have seen in a dream somebody wearing two green garments and carrying a gong. I asked: (How much is this gong?) He asked: (Why do you want to buy it?) I answered: (To use it as a sign of prayer.) He said: (May I guide you to something better?) I asked: (What is it to be?) He said: (You may say: Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; I declare that there is no God but Allah; I declare that there is no God but Allah; I declare that Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah; I declare that Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah; Come to prayer; Come to Prayer; come to prosperity; Come to prosperity; Allah is the greatest; Allah is the greatest; There is no God but Allah.)

The messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: (It is a true dream by Allah’s willing. Stand up and let Belal keep it to call to prayer. He has a louder voice than you have.)

The above story is the narration of how the call to prayer tradition started in Islam. Back then, there were no watches. So, people needed some mechanism to tell them when its prayer time. With the advent of modern marvels called ‘watches” and “clocks”, the need for a call to prayer in Islam should have vanished. The problem is that it did not. In fact it is exaggerated. Unlike other houses of worship for other religions, where the call to prayer remains within the confines of the house of worship, where it rightfully belongs, Muslims raise high minarets, and equip them with three or four loudspeakers to blast their call to prayer to everyone, whether they like it or not. This, in my view, is a stark violation of the individual’s right not to be bothered by loudspeakers calling to prayer five times a day. Nowadays, people have watches and clocks. They can use them to know when the time for prayer is up, and when it is time to go to the mosque. So, why is it the Muslims love to annoy others when there is no need to? I am certainly not against anyone praying in anyway they like. I just don’t like to be bothered by that. That is my right. Muslims telling me its prayer time five times a day is an infringement on my right not to bothered by them. The most annoying prayer call is the one done at around 5 am in the morning (sometimes even earlier than that). This Muslim behavior is uncalled for. Muslims certainly can learn when its prayer time without annoying others with their rituals.

I do think that this tradition of Islamic “Call” to prayer using loudspeakers from mosques’ minarets has a lot to do with the power of habit and tradition as I explained in the aforementioned “Thanksgiving” story. There is not a mandate in Islam for the call to prayer. It was needed back then. But, nowadays, there is absolutely no need for it. People have watches and clocks. They do not need some annoying individual called Imam to wake people up in the morning just because he thinks he has an Allah-given right to do so.

Finally, I like to end with a light-hearted story told to me by my aunt many many years ago. In the town where she lives, there was a lightly insane person named Hazhouz. He was a harmless person. So, he was not hospitalized or put in an assylum. He was loose in the neighborhoods. One night, very early in the morning, Hazhouz was trying to sleep after a rough night. Then comes the Imam on the loudspeakers calling people to come to the mosque and pray. Hazhouz took it personal that night. He got mad at this unnecessary and uncalled forth annoyance. The Imam was infringing on Hazhouz’s right to some quietness so he can go to sleep. Hazhouz got up, got dressed, and down to the mosque he went. He kept going forward toward the Imam and asked him: “Are you the one who woke up the neighborhood this early calling them to prayer?”. The Imam said: “yes son, How can I help you.” Hazhouz said: “ You really don’t sleep, and don’t want others to sleep. Come here..” and Hazhouz started beating him up. Some men in the mosque ran and saved the Imam before he got a serious beating.”

That early morning, Hazhouz was a very sane man..

Short URL: http://www.archive2012.faithfreedom.org/?p=9631

Posted by on Apr 28 2010. Filed under Op-Ed. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

116 Comments for “The Islamic Call to Prayer”

  1. proudest_kafir

    If you have ever spent time in that mad barbaric country called sodi barbaria, you will not miss the scum bags braying worse than donkeys from various mosques 5times a day.These donkeys scream in such atrocious tuneless voice that at times its painful to the ear! The tragedy is worse in the lunatics month of ramadan! the lunatic call starts at 400 am in the morning and goes on through out the day and night! They increase the volume over and above the normal and it feels as though the donkeys are braying as they are being tortured! Its fun to see the stupid idiotic moslems rushing off to mosque as soon as the donkeys bray.I just pity the moslems

  2. how do you come up with all this? really enjoyed reading it. long long time ago i remember i was stuck in a remote railways station in Indian (MP) for a few hours and there were donkeys honking next to me all the time. So you can imagine my laugh after your description of sodi barbaria above.

  3. Chiulo-Ruiz

    What is wrong with Muslims using clocks, watches and telephones to summon for Islamic prayers! Must the uninterested and not involved in the delusion that is Islam be subjected to those unnecessary incessant rambling and screaming!

    Islam seeks to impose its thoughts and its worship rituals on all regardless. Now they are using loudspeakers to make us all aware, whether we acknowledge such or not. Counter measures are called for, since freedom to impose the hollering unwanted on all is allowed.

    Allah is a pagan god, Allah is a pagan god, Allah is a pagan god and Allah is a pagan god.

    I bear witness that there is no god including Allah, I bear witness that there is no god including Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad was a false prophet and a liar, I bear witness that Muhammad was a false prophet and a liar.

    Hurry to the common sense, hurry to the common sense. Hurry to success, hurry to success. Allah is a pagan god, Allah is a pagan god. There is no god including Allah. Sleep is better than deluded religious compulsion, Sleep is better than deluded religious compulsion.

    How would people like to hear that five or more times a day, everyday, three hundred and sixty five days a year! Stop complaining and get your own cd’s, tapes and loudspeakers setup and running. The same sauce used for the goose will also be sauce for the gander.

  4. Marie

    "That early morning, Hazhouz was a very sane man.."

    lol

  5. Krishna

    I remember my days in Libya during the early morning prayer.The moment the call for prayer is announced,all the dogs in the vicinity would howl(not bark please note) in unison much to the discomfiture of the Indian muslims

    Anyways check out this funny video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9QXMtuERq8

  6. Nikephoros

    "used to cut the Turkey in half"

    Ibn, I can tell your religion from a mile away.;-)

    A Freudian slip on your part, perhaps? Or your friend from Cyprus came over?

  7. Marie

    Nikephoros:

    “used to cut the Turkey in half”

    Ibn, I can tell your religion from a mile away.;-)

    A Freudian slip on your part, perhaps? Or your friend from Cyprus came over?

    I say:

    My friend Ibn Kammuna was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church and is originally from the Middle East.

  8. Marie

    Continued from above

    Anyway I heard that story before, only Ibn made a slight mistake.

    The story goes:

    There was once a housewife who used to cut the Turkey in half before putting it in the oven to cook. When asked by her daughter why she did that, she had no answer, but said My Mom used to do that and I followed in her footsteps. So they went over to her mother's house and asked her mother why she cut the Turkey in half before putting it in the oven. Her mother had no answer, but said My Mother used to do that. So they all went Grandma's house and asked Grandma why she cut the Turkey in half before putting it in the oven. Grandma told them her old oven was too small to fit a whole Turkey unless it is cut in half.

  9. misguli

    That early morning, Hazhouz was a very sane man..

    MADE MY DAY, Thanks

  10. I say we ban the loudspeakers in the mosques. Just to be fair, we ban church bells too, but they are part of the culture.

    Ban loudspeakers from mosques.

  11. Spil gratis

    I read that the oil that will travel through this pipeline would be destined for export to Asia. It won’t have any impact on our energy costs here.Now we hear that we have a glut of natural gas. Has this caused our prices to drop dramatically? No. Our energy prices are controlled by something other than the “market”, or at least by forces within the market that will pursue peak profits no matter what’s happening down here.

  12. hello how are you in spanish translation

  13. I simply want to mention I am just very new to blogs and honestly savored this web site. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You amazingly have awesome stories. Bless you for sharing your blog site.

  14. I’m baffled by the wisdom in this blog post I found it to be more than very motivating however it also made me think. It is hard now a days to locate related information to ones search, so I’m happy that I found this article post

  15. Awesome website…

    Excellent weblog right here! Additionally your site quite a bit up very fast…

  16. Thanks for the strategies you are revealing on this web site. Another thing I would really like to say is the fact that getting hold of some copies of your credit rating in order to look at accuracy of each and every detail could be the first measures you have to conduct in credit repair. You are looking to cleanse your credit report from harmful details faults that damage your credit score.

  17. Glad to be one of several visitors on this amazing internet site :D .

  18. Weird , your post shows up with a dark hue to it, what color is the primary color on your web-site?

  19. We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to paintings on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire group may be grateful to you.

  20. Whats up are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  21. I have acquired some new things from your site about computers. Another thing I’ve always presumed is that computers have become a specific thing that each family must have for most reasons. They provide convenient ways in which to organize homes, pay bills, shop, study, hear music and also watch tv shows. An innovative method to complete most of these tasks is with a notebook. These computer systems are portable ones, small, powerful and convenient.

  22. I actually wanted to construct a brief comment to be able to thank you for some of the magnificent recommendations you are posting at this website. My particularly long internet research has at the end been recognized with incredibly good details to exchange with my neighbours. I would state that that most of us visitors actually are very much endowed to be in a notable network with so many awesome professionals with beneficial plans. I feel very fortunate to have come across the website and look forward to really more cool times reading here. Thanks again for a lot of things.

  23. While I actually like this post, I think there was an spelling error near to the finish of your 3rd section.

  24. Oh man! This blog site is amazing! How do you make it look like this !?

  25. I should’ve went on ooVoo last event to sex cam my crush :X but I desired to sleep, fml cus either wayVkQQ

  26. I love Lea because of Les Miserables, I never knew she had been Jasmine She is my freaking childhood hero then

  27. Fantastic Stuff, do you have a twitter profile?

  28. Hey, just seeking around some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform that you are making use of. I’m currently utilizing WordPress for several of my sites but looking to change 1 particular of them over to a platform related to yours as a trial run. Anything in certain you would recommend about it?

  29. Something else is that when you are evaluating a good on the internet electronics store, look for online stores that are continually updated, trying to keep up-to-date with the latest products, the very best deals, in addition to helpful information on products and services. This will ensure you are getting through a shop that really stays ahead of the competition and offers you things to make intelligent, well-informed electronics purchases. Thanks for the essential tips I have really learned from the blog.

  30. you’re really a good webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a wonderful job on this topic!

  31. Here you be dressed the upper crust information. Thanks to him you last will and testament identify artistically how to arrangement with problems.

  32. seo

    I and also my guys happened to be examining the great tactics on your web page then suddenly I got a terrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to you for them. These men were definitely consequently joyful to learn them and have seriously been making the most of these things. Appreciation for indeed being simply thoughtful and for selecting certain superb areas most people are really needing to be informed on. Our own honest regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  33. I truly wanted to compose a note to express gratitude to you for some of the stunning points you are placing on this site. My extensive internet research has at the end of the day been paid with pleasant details to share with my friends and family. I would believe that most of us readers are extremely blessed to exist in a magnificent site with so many perfect professionals with beneficial suggestions. I feel somewhat lucky to have used the webpage and look forward to many more fabulous minutes reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  34. Your house is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  35. It appears to me that this site doesnt load up in a Motorola Droid. Are other people getting the exact same issue? I enjoy this web site and dont want to have to miss it when Im gone from my computer.

  36. Wow! This could be one particular of the most helpful blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  37. You completed various good points there. I did a search on the subject and found the majority of people will consent with your blog.

  38. you are really a very good webmaster. The web page loading speed is outstanding. It appears that you are doing any unique trick. What is more, The articles are masterpiece. you have done an outstanding job on this topic!

  39. do hope you never quit! This really among the best blogs Ive actually read. Youve got some ridiculous skill here, man. I really anticipate that you just dont loose your style because you could be definitely one among the neatest writers out there. Make sure you stick with it simply because the internet needs someone like you spreading the word.

  40. This is often a wonderful website, would you be interested in working on an interview concerning just how you created it? If so e-mail me personally!

  41. hey there and many thanks for the information – I had undoubtedly found something new here. I did then again experience a couple of technical things making use of this web site, that I experienced to reload the web site a number of times earlier than I might only obtain it to load perfectly. I had been considering if the hosting is fine? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading cases will very frequently impact your position in the search engines and may damage your high quality ranking when advertising with Adwords. However I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and will seek out more from your adequate appealing articles. Ensure that you update this once more in the near future..

  42. First of all, let me recommend your clearness with this subject. I am no experienced about this matter, but right after enrolling your write-up, my own understanding has changed beautifully. Be sure to permit me to take hold of your feed to stay in touch with any potential posts. Reliable job and will pass it on to readers and my online followers.

  43. Im having a small issue. I cant get my reader to pick-up your feed, Im using yahoo reader by the way.

  44. I wanted to ask in case you are considered adjusting the structure in the blog? It is well written; I love just what you have to say. Though maybe you could a little bit more when it comes to content and so people may possibly hook up with it much better. You have an awful lot of wording only for having 1 or 2 pictures. You may could space against eachother far better?

  45. You made some first rate factors there. I appeared on the web for the issue and found most people will associate with along with your website.

  46. This site is really a stroll-by way of for all the information you needed about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and you’ll positively discover it.

  47. Thank you, that was very useful!

  48. I am continually searching online for posts that can benefit me. Thank you!

  49. The things i have continually told individuals is that when evaluating a good online electronics shop, there are a few variables that you have to consider. First and foremost, you need to make sure to discover a reputable along with reliable shop that has gotten great testimonials and classification from other individuals and business sector advisors. This will make certain you are getting through with a well-known store that provides good support and assistance to their patrons. Thanks for sharing your opinions on this website.

Leave a Reply

More

Log in | Designed by Freedom Bulwark Networking