>So, I’m sitting in my office listening to the Call to Prayer and sad that the sound of it is overshadowed by the on-going drilling, pounding and hammering on the 70 story (it seems like!) monstrosity going up across the street. In point of fact, it only has like 7. But, that’s in a neighborhood where almost nothing is taller than 3 stories. And then the familiar tones of the AllahuAkhbar finish.
Well, what now? I’m treated to the tones of some recorded voice saying something I can’t understand. Thankfully this one is short. The one that I find rather offensive is the 4 am one. Not the Call, that’s great. But, the 30 minute serenade, if you will, that is played in advance. Yes, 30 minutes BEFORE the actual Call to Prayer, we are treated to music and a sermonette, I guess. As this has begun waking up the Beans, I can assure you it grates on every nerve I have. And, yes, I’ve heard it ALOT lately. I complained back when the neighborhood mosque introduced chanting or singing or whatever immediately after this self-same Call to Prayer, but apparently that wasn’t enough. They needed to provide sleepless nights and neighborhood disharmony by disturbing the peace a full half hour before the Call. I’m sorry, but that’s just rude.
Now, hearing the Call to Prayer issuing from the mosques is one of the unique and very beautiful things about living in a country like Jordan. When we first moved into our office the afternoon Call to Prayer was about my favorite time. On the hill outside the back (now overgrown with aforementioned horrible building), we’d get the Call in stereo from mosques all around the surrounding hillside. Now, the surround sound is blocked. But, I still love the haunting tones of the Call. It’s a shame that some have decided that noise pollution is necessary turning this time of day from one of favorites to one of my least favorite… :(. Well, at least I still have a reasonable mosque near the office, so I can enjoy the strains of the Call without the noise pollution.
And now for one of my favorite snapshots of misspellings in English…
I invite you all to this Mousqe. It should be an interesting time :).