Call to Prayer


Tuesday 19 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

For all my friends in the west who have asked to hear the sound of a genuine ezan, or call to prayer, here ya go…


The adhān (Arabic: أَذَان[ʔaˈðaːn]), (or azan as pronounced in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Malaysia,Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, ezan in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina), azon in Uzbekistan, is the Islamic call to worship, recited by the muezzin at prescribed times of the day. The root of the word is ʾadhina أَذِنَ meaning “to listen, to hear, be informed about”. Another derivative of this word is ʾudhun (أُذُن), meaning “ear”.


But not all are the same. I know, I know, the message is important, not the vocal abilities in being able to hold some sort of melodic tune…. however, I beg to differ. The follow-up post explains why.




14 thoughts on “Call to Prayer

  1. It’s so powerful and haunting that sound.

    I’m sure that it doesn’t matter if an Imam is vocally talented, as it’s the meaning behind the call to prayer that’s more important than the quality of the singing.


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  3. susipet says:

    I love the sound. Reminds me of living in a Morocco for a couple of years and hearing the sound ring out ….


  4. LadyPinkRose says:

    That went right to my marrow of my bones, Uncle Spike. I really thank you for posting this. Love, Amy


  5. lizard100 says:

    I was lucky enough to hear this in two muslim countries through the summer. I’m planning a post on being there during Ramadan an Eid. Both were memorable and thought provoking.


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