Archive for the Prayers Category

Shhh…and listen

Posted in Prayers, Religion on October 26, 2009 by Sarah Kate Kramer

It’s been a year since we were in AlMaghreb, but a friend who just returned from a summer in Rabat passed along this recording.  It’s a recitation of Hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad)  that tells people not to speak while the Imam is giving the Friday sermon–so that they may get the full benefit of the sermon.


Tahleel near Bab Boujeloud

Posted in Prayers, Religion with tags on March 20, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

No two tahleels in Morocco sound alike. This one was recorded at a mosque near Bab Boujeloud, in Fes. The muezzin’s voice is certainly unique.

Eid takbirat

Posted in Prayers, Religion with tags on January 24, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

On the morning of Eid al Adha, this “chant” is sung inside of mosques as people await the Eid prayer. It is sung only during the Eid days and sometimes at funerals. It consists of a repeated refrain of ” Allah (God), How Perfect is God, All Praise is for God, There is no might or power except by God.”

Dawn Call to Prayer

Posted in Prayers with tags on January 21, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

The first adhan, (call to prayer) of the day, which has an additional line:  “As-salātu khayru min an-naūm”  (“Prayer is better than sleep.”)

Beggar calling “Allah”

Posted in Prayers, Religion, Street Sounds with tags on January 16, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

This recording was actually made in Marrakesh, not Fes. A blind beggar is walking down the street calling out one word repeatedly: “Allah.”

Group Supplication

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags , , , , on December 17, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Every night in Ramadan after Tarawih prayers in mosques across Morocco, congregations recite this group supplication. It begins with “Praise to God who has guided us,” and goes on to beseech God to strengthen and maintain their faith, and ends by asking God to bless the Prophet Muhammad.

Man reciting Qur’an for neighbors after a family fight

Posted in Daily Life, Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 16, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

The day after a family argument, in the spirit of reconciliation, a Qur’an reciter was brought into this home to recite verses relating to good relations, appropriate behavior, and forgiveness.