You can throw away your alarm clark because you will be awakened at 6AM each day to what Barack Obama calls the prettiest sound on earth – the Muslim Call to Prayer. And you can hear it again four more times a day.
Chris from Logan’s Warning videotaped this Masjid At-Taqwa mosque at 6AM in the morning in a densely populated neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY at Fulton Street and Bedford Avenue. Here is an excerpt from a speech given by one of the imams from this mosque:
“…And [Allah] declared ‘Whoever is at war with my friends, I declare war on them.’ … Your true friend is Allah, the messenger, and those who believe…. Hear what I’m telling you well.
The Canadians are not your friends.
The Europeans are not your friends.
Your friend is Allah, the messenger, and those who believe. These people will never be satisfied with you until you follow their religion.
The Muslim call to prayer — and five times a day, it pulses over a loudspeaker, penetrating the ears of anyone within four to five blocks of its source. Fidel Elmashi, a 45-year-old Catholic and street vendor who sells toys and trinkets across from the mosque said he has come to dread the call to prayer. “I’ll be doing something and I’ll get a heart attack when it comes on the speakers,” he said.
“They play that thing really loud and it gets annoying,” said Osahar Omerid, a Christian student at the New York City College of Technology. “I live six bocks away and I can still hear it.”
Beginning precisely at sunrise, five times a day every day, a male voice calls out to alert Muslims of the upcoming prayer service. But its sheer loudness upsets many residents and puts to test the neighborhood’s tolerance of religious differences.