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The Muslim Call to Prayer

I’ve been back in the U.S. for a week now. Tomorrow, I’ll share more about my trip to New York, and on Monday at my personal finance blog, I’ll write about my experiences at Savvy Blogging Summit in Atlanta. But today, I’m missing a little bit of Turkey.

One of my favorite things in Turkey was the Muslim call to prayer, which is broadcast from every mosque five times each day. This announcement rings through the city and summons the faithful to perform their duty. It’s beautiful.

I recorded this video in Istanbul, Turkey on the evening of September 14th while standing between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. I’m glad I did. It may be my favorite souvenir from my time in Istanbul.

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  1. Thanks for letting us join you on vacation via this blog. I’ve enjoyed it all and Turkey is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit now.

  2. I totally understand what you mean about the beauty of the call to prayer. It gets even more etheral when you have more than one mosque calling…. Makes me miss Egypt where I spent two months traveling around a couple of years ago. Reading your trip report of Turkey with interest as I plan to go there in the next few years.

    By the way….Pres. Obama was shot down by the” Right” when he said that he loved the sound of the Mosques calling for prayer……memories of his childhood in Indonesia.

  3. I love the sound of the call to prayer, as well–much like I like hearing the church bells peal the hour in cities around Europe. It gives a sense of place and also a sense of your location in the city, as the sounds come at you from different distances and locations.