Call to Prayer

 

Call to Prayer

We usually spend time appreciating the beauty of life, the best of nature, the beauty of flowers and all that nature has to offer that brings joy to our hearts.

I wanted to take timeĀ  this week to appreciate the beauty of the Islamic Call to Prayer of our Muslim brothers and sisters during the period of Ramadan, and in recognition of this week of Eid.

In the Central part of Trinidad, we have always been beneficiaries of the beauty of the Celebrations of our East Indian community. The Islamic Call to Prayer is one that we particularly enjoy. Listening to the beautiful sounds of the Adhan sung by the muezzin at the mosque. It is a sound that is peaceful yet compelling. We hear it at 5am in the still of the morning, and at 6pm during the peaceful time at dusk.

Listening to it reminds us of the blessing that we have in our country, of all of our religious communities, being afforded the peaceful time and space to perform rituals that are integral to our respective beliefs. What is also beautiful are the parallels of the celebrations, as come the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslim families will gather in joyful celebration exchanging greetings and love, and spend time together talking and laughing over meals.

Just like the beautiful species of nature, we should be grateful that in our country of Trinidad and Tobago, we are able to coexist in harmony with our brothers and sisters of other faiths. We should be appreciative of this and recognize that in so doing we are consistently contributing to the richness of our lives.

We wish our Muslim brothers and sisters Eid Mubarak!

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