The call to prayer is exactly as it is every day five times a day. Why does it sound so very, very sad today? Sometimes it sounds so very, very sad I can hardly stand it, Today is one of those days. To listen to what it sounds like go here. Make sure when you play the "Listen: call to prayer" buton you hang in there through the long pauses.
Now it is Friday afternoon, about 1:00. It is the big prayer of the week. Outside of my window at the Mosque accross the street (and fifteen floors down) I see hundreds (maybe even a thousand) men, mostly in white, kneeling together towards Meccah. They were all summoned here by this haunting, mournful chant. The stairs are littered with the shoes they have removed. I wonder how they all find the right shoes when it is done.
And now it is done and in about two and a half hours from now I will hear the call again. And then again at 6:00 and 7:30. And then tomorrow morning before 5:00. Will it sound so sad each time? I'm running out of tears here.
10 hours ago