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:
God is Great
(said four times)
Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah
I bear witness that there is no god except the One God.
Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Hurry to the prayer (Rise up for prayer)
Hurry to success (Rise up for Salvation)
God is Great
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
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.
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.