Call to prayer

Call to prayer

The importance of religion

Morocco is an inclusive society with many different religions. Like many Moroccans, Fadoua is a Muslim and her faith dictates the way she conducts her life.

You might think that the call to prayer is just a loud, long sound. But this is what is being said in Arabic:

Allahu Akbar
God is Great
(said four times)

Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah
I bear witness that there is no god except the One God.
(said twice)

Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
(said twice)

Hayya 'ala-s-Salah
Hurry to the prayer (Rise up for prayer)
(said twice)

Hayya 'ala-l-Falah
Hurry to success (Rise up for Salvation)
(said twice)

Allahu Akbar
God is Great
[said twice]

La ilaha illa Allah
There is no god except the One God

For the pre-dawn (fajr) prayer, the following phrase is inserted after the fifth part above, towards the end:

As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm
Prayer is better than sleep
(said twice)

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from daybreak till sunset.  Fadoua explains in the video above that she reads the Quran and God is always in her heart.

Summoning

Adhan means call to prayer in Arabic and the person who calls it is the muadhan.  Five times every day, the call to prayer resonates from many speakers across the cities and towns of Morocco summoning Muslims to come together and pray.

Men and women

As Fadoua explains, men and women have different customs.  The ‘hijab’ that Fadoua talks about in the video is the Arabic word that refers to the traditional Muslim style of dress and head scarf that some women wear.  There is no similar requirement of men, but they are expected to dress respectfully.

 

 

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