I’m about to tell you something that to many, will seem very controversial.
It isn’t meant to. Rather, the intent is to share a perspective that until a few years ago, I myself lacked, and it is a perspective that I feel is very important to share in today’s world.
Before I get ahead of myself, let me start by saying this.
I am an American citizen, who happens to be a woman of Caucasian descent, who is also a Christian.
And I live in the Middle East.
And one of my favorite parts of my daily schedule is listening to the Islam Call to Prayer.
Now, I’m sure that this statement doesn’t sit well with some people, but this is where that perspective I was talking about earlier comes in.
I moved to the United Arab Emirates over a year and a half ago, and have since experienced things in my life that I never even dreamed of. I packed up my family and together we traipsed halfway across the world for my new position as an international teacher.
As with any big change, we’ve had some adjusting to do. We’ve had to acclimate to new weather, new time zones, new foods, new social customs, and about a dozen other things. But we’ve also gotten to visit amazing places, gaze upon incredible buildings, and learn wonderful things we never even knew we were missing out on.
Though it all, we’ve gotten some pretty great perspective.
And to me, one of the most prominent things we’ve gotten to experience is the Islamic culture. It is ingrained in every aspect of their lives. It is complete and somewhat humbling.
But, of it all, my favorite part of daily life in UAE is getting to hear the Call to Prayer. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful things I have ever experienced, and so, even as a Christian, I truly appreciate and enjoy the Call to Prayer, and here are my reasons why.
- It shows the unity of the country. The Call to Prayer sounds five times a day, and it sounds everywhere. Whether you are near a mosque, sitting on your couch, or walking through the mall, when it is prayer time, the Call sounds everywhere so the nation can go pray together.
- The dedication to faith the Call shows is inspiring. On the same vein, no matter what is going on, when the Call starts, people stop what they are doing for their prayers. Their observance of the Call shows a commitment to their faith that I haven’t often seen, let alone seen on the scale of a whole country.
- I appreciate the Call as a personal reminder. Even though we all know life happens, hearing the Call sound is a wonderful chance for me to slow down and reflect and appreciate my own values, when otherwise, I might get too distracted.
- The Call is a beautiful example of faith and tolerance. Even though the Call is extremely important to the people of the country, they never try to force it on anyone who does not practice the religion. They practice their beliefs and are accepting of other people’s own viewpoints.
Though the Call to Prayer is clearly a Muslim practice, it is one that can be experienced and enjoyed by everyone. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone could be against such a peaceful act. And that is what it is: an act of faith and love. And no matter what religion you practice, that is something we all do. It seems so simple, but it’s a perspective that took an 8,500 mile trip for me to learn.
But I’m so glad I did.
Have you ever heard the Call to Prayer? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!
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