One of the most interesting, and by far most mystical, reflective, and peaceful experiences I have had traveling and living here in a Muslim country is the call to prayer. The Adhan. Five times a day the muadhan or the muezzin (a man appointed to call to prayer) verbally calls everyone to prayer over the loudspeakers from the minaret of the mosque. (Click here to read the translation of the prayer in English.)
Chefchaouen is known for its blue color scheme. All over the city homes and doors are painted blue.
It is pretty amazing… I mean, think about, it five times a day!! (Once at 4:30am!) the people are called to pray. Of course ALL do not answer, but so many do. To me this is such a peaceful thought. All these people seeking their own peace and oneness with their god. I don’t know… maybe it sounds corny but it is pretty amazing. I usually try to take a few minutes when I hear it myself, to be calm, to say a few prayers of my own, and to take a few deep breaths. It is a great reminder to focus on what is really important.
It sounds super cool too! When we first arrived in Morocco, it was Ramadan, and the call was at 3:30am! I woke up every night… (kind of cool actually.) Now it’s at 4:30am and I can usually sleep right through it, but I actually miss waking up and hearing it. It’s a little haunting and creepy, in a way, hearing it in the dark of night, but that also makes it super cool. I have really come to enjoy the sound. (The night “call” adds an extra line to it about prayer being better than sleep!) Even if I don;t wake up to hear it in the middle of the night, during the day all over every city you visit in Morocco, the call can be heard.
Chefchaouen at night- so pretty and magical.
Check out this video I made in Chefchaouen
(a totally chill bohemian city in the RIF mountains) during a super clear afternoon where you could hear the call from the different mosques in each section the city vibrating across the city and bouncing off the mountain range. FREAKING AMAZING! (Enjoy the view from our rooftop terrace in the center of the medina too!) ***It’s a little long- (and a little shaky) don’t feel like you have to listen to the whole thing- I wanted to have it for my own personal memories!
Have you ever travelled to a Muslim country and heard the call to prayer?
What do you think?