Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Prayers Sung over Marrakesh

The prayers start over loud speakers placed all around the square and on distant towers. They are sung five times a day. The prayers are sung in a rhythmic way to the four directions of the compass. Because of the placement of the many towers the sounds reaches you at different times making it sound like a musical round being sung from the sky.

I made a video of the prayers being sung to share with you. We are sitting in a restaurant over looking the Place Jemaa el-Fna at night having tagine for dinner. In the video you’ll see white lights moving through the crowd, these are mopeds. The tiny blue lights flying up into the sky are little helicopter toys. The video is not very interesting to watch I made it for the sound so I added pictures of the people of Marrakesh for you to look at while you listen to their prayers.

Tagine recipe: 

The wonderful people of Marrakesh:

Sitting in a tiny shop.
Playing a game in the back streets.

In a small market on a side street.

In the square Rahba Kedima.

Working and selling.

Beautiful Faces

This man was so excited we were from the USA that he unzipped  his shirt and yelled Obama.

The young women mostly walked in three or more and  wore these long dresses
 over their clothes and scarfs on their heads.
It seemed before a certain age they could wear western street wear.

This is a fun way to get a soda.
They had different games like this in the square.  They were very popular.

Street work in the Medina.

I loved this group who worked at this fun pastry shop and were lots of fun. 

This sweet little girl wanted me to take her picture.  She kept smiling and waving at me.
Notice the beautiful glow of the sunset against the wall behind her. 

 The Five Prayers are:
Fajr (pre-dawn): This prayer starts off the day with the remembrance of God; it is performed before sunrise.
Dhuhr (noon): After the day's work has begun, one breaks shortly after noon to again remember God and seek His guidance.
'Asr (afternoon): In the late afternoon, people are usually busy wrapping up the day's work, getting kids home from school, etc. It is an important time to take a few minutes to remember God and the greater meaning of our lives.
Maghrib (sunset): Just after the sun goes down, Muslims remember God again as the day begins to come to a close.
'Isha (evening): Before retiring for the night, Muslims again take time to remember God's presence, guidance, mercy, and forgiveness.
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