Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beautiful Azan

This azan is special.

I have heard many special azans.

Last year we had a once-in-a-lifetime hail storm Egypt. It was shocking to see---truly amazing. You watched the mountains of little ice pellets pile up in the street and mumbled, "Subhanallah" in a kind of daze. I have yet to convince the kindergarten children that hail is not snow.

The azan after the hail storm was special. It had a kind of aura of incredulousness. Allah's abilities and plans are way beyond our fathoming.

This year, we had The Revolution. Of course, everyone wants to say "25th of January" instead of actually saying the actual word, "Revolution." For me, it doesn't make sense to think of that date as special. It didn't seem like a turning point. It was a pretty ordinary Tuesday. That Friday the 28, however, was a hell.

To hear the azan from our local masjid while Cairo was in flames that night was so life-sustaining. To hear that voice channeling to us the basic tenets of our faith was the hope we needed.

God is The Greatest!

That night was full of anxious moments and horrible fears for our basic safety. The morning came and the azan remained. The city had changed, the people had changed but the promise of Allah  The Never Changing came that morning.

This azan in the video here is also special. No, not all azans sound beautiful. Some are croaked out. Some are warbled out. That's sad. This one is gorgeously wafted out into the stratusphere of spiritual bliss. Mashahallah! The sounds of this azan will send chills through your soul and give you goosebumps.

All the words are translated into English so you can see how basic our beliefs are. We honor God. We honor Muhammad. We pray.

The only thing I disagree with is writing Muhammadar Rasullulah as "Muhammad is the Messenger of God." I would prefer translating it as, "Muhammad is a Messenger of God." There were other Messengers: Moses/Musa with the Torah for the Jews and Jesus/Isa with the Bible for the Christians(peace be upon them). This is a very small change but it is more unifying and accepting.

I love that this video shows the iman being flanked by the Jewish and Christian leaders on either side. Those men stand respectfully and support the call to prayer. That's beautiful. Why can't more people see this video and understand that we are not fighting each other? We aren't!

Please share this azan.  Make it go out to your family and friends as proof of Islam's beauty and of Islam's place in the family of Abraham/Ibrahim (peace be upon him).

And may the peace and blessings of Allah be with you.

1 comment:

egyptchick7 said...

really beautiful...thank you...I couldn't help but resist sharing....