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    Islamic Call to Prayer Played from Clock Tower
    General; Posted on: 2008-03-28 12:33:50 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Library broadcast part of Islamic Awareness Month

    Amid The Armies Of Forced Tolerance And Diversity

    By Farah Dosani

    Muslim students at the University of Miami have organized for the Islamic call to prayer, broadcasted each Friday afternoon this month from Richter Library's clock tower in commemoration of Islamic Awareness Month.

    The call to prayer, or Adhan, is spoken in Arabic and is meant to resonate throughout the area.

    "It serves as constant reminder of when we have to pray, because prayer is a reminder of our religion and how we practice it," said Selima Jumarali, the vice president of the organization.

    According to the teachings of Islam, Muslims are to pray five times a day. In Muslim majority countries, the call is usually performed live by an individual and is heard before every prayer.

    Friday afternoon was chosen as the time to play the call because "it revolves around the day of congregational prayer," Jumarali said. Like Saturday for Jews or Sunday for Christians, Friday "holds strong significance for Muslims," she said.

    Outside the library last Friday, students listened during the three minute recording.

    Kaleena Salgueiro said that although she could not understand the words in Arabic, the call was "pretty" and "very melodic." She said it reminded her of chanting in a monastery.

    Razan Alif, who is Muslim, was also sitting outside and heard the prayer call.

    "You always hear church bells ringing, but you never feel the existence of the Muslim community on campus," she said.

    When asked whether they thought the Friday prayer call should be continued even after the month, many replied "why not?"

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    News Source: thehurricaneonline.com

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