November 28, 2008

Athan

One of the good things about living in Egypt to me, and to many people is getting to hear the athan (call to prayer) 5 times a day. We have a Masjid (Mosque) right next to our house and we hear the athan loud and clear.

One problem.

One of the guys who calls to prayer has a positively horrible voice. I mean really offensive. I'm not being nit picky here. Seriously it's atrocious. He does the call at least half the time for over 3 years now, and to make it worse? He tries to do all these vocal acrobatics, and I hate to make this comparison, but a la Christina Aguilera. Plus sometimes the speakers give off an obnoxious, screeching feedback noise. Some people might see this as petty or even blasphemous, but I'm not saying its a huge issue but it is quite irritating.

I mean, wasn't Bilal, (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) the first Muazzin, chosen for his good voice? I feel awful saying this but the athan is meant to invite one to prayer not make one cringe, shudder and hope it's over soon. This guy has ruined something beautiful. There's really nothing we can do but hope he's replaced. It's just something we have to endure.

19 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:53 AM

    haha I know what you mean... and you are right. I heard a man round the neighborhood making the athan. I am not kidding when I thought I was in the middle of a scene of Tarzan because that was how he sounded with his voice.

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  2. I went to Pakistan in the summer, and the muezzin at the masjid by my grandparents' house was just as bad. The was the screeching and Christina Aguilera - the whole nine yards!

    lol.

    I concluded a long time ago that Egypt and Pakistan are very similar countries.

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  3. Lol, I have to sympathise on this one. I totally feel you loool. And
    you have been tagged, check it out
    http://projecthijab.blogspot.com/

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  4. LOL we have the same thing happening at our masjid which is around the corner from my home in Cape Town. Luckily we have a new muezzin with a melodious voice mash'Allha. But he can't be there 5 times a day only for fajr, maghrib & eshaa so during the daytime its pretty bad :-D

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  5. the calling for prayers was a wonderful surprise for me when i was in cairo.
    i didn't know there was such a beautiful thing. i made a lot of tapes of the city under the sound of the athan, and they sound very different according the voice of the muezzin for sure. (thanks for teaching me this word)

    oh god, i miss cairo...

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  6. I totally agree, I think they should also make sure that the sound system is working correctly.

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  7. Really they should do all of us a service and perform an interview with these guys.

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  8. Hmmm...I don't know much about that.No mosques there in Slovenia!However,the first calling to prayer I have ever heard was in your Hurghada...in the tourist village I was staying.I remember very good staying every evening on the balcony,watching the palms and somewhere far away a man was calling to prayer.This one had a nice voice ;)!

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  9. it must be the same guy who calls the adaan on the Sudan Satellite channel in Aus!! Seriously, its bad!

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  10. Anonymous12:24 AM

    Why one of the guys approch the majed leader to give this guy a differant chore other than Azan

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  11. Natasha, I'm glad you had a good experience.

    MyHijab , oh no televised?

    Anon, I don't know probably afraid to offend.

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  12. Oh dear ... Alhamdulillah, I have yet to experience such a spectacle.

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  13. Hajar, Alhamdulillah, they should just have a recording of the good sounding guy and play that when he's not available.

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  14. LoL ... actually, we do have that for Quran recitals, played before each prayers. Instead of someone reading it, they'll be playing the recitals of the Imams from Mecca or Medina.

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  15. That's so sad! Poor guy! But I guess he doesn't realize how he sounds. Why don't they just do try-outs or something?!

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  16. Muslimahh, Yes, try outs...it could be a reality show..JK!

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  17. i can totally relate...

    in our place at alex, the mosque is right next to us... all the speakers are more or less directed to different balconies and windows!!

    i would have been totally fine if the man sounded nice!! but you know something is trribly wrong when your 3 year-old wakes up screaming saying "ana khayef eml athan"... although my son used to cry when the athan was over that we used to tape it for him to keep him calm!!!

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  18. There are 3 in Hurghada that are very close to my location. For the first few months I was here, I enjoyed them all. Beautiful voices.. sometimes harmonizing well together. Quite uplifting.

    Then at the beginning of Ramadan, one of them changed. His voice is wonderful, but his melodies.. well, all I can say is "christmas music much?" It was quite a jolt to the ears.

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  19. Khadra, lol I can't even imagine it.

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