Archive for the Religion Category

It Will Happen

Posted in Daily Life, Religion, Street Sounds with tags on January 23, 2011 by sumayya33

The call to prayer in Morocco seems inevitable, like the sun rising.

In this clip one of us is with a group of people in the old city of Fes watching the clock and waiting for the call for the sunset prayer.  Someone says, ” I think it’ll happen,” and then one by one each mosque in the area begins the call to prayer, each one  coming in a little behind the other so that it seems as if they are singing in a round.

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.

Salawat on the Prophet (asking God to Bless the Prophet Muhammad)

Posted in Music, People, Religion with tags on August 28, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Walking home on a Wednesday night in Rabat we heard from a few blocks away the sound of a party (assumed to be either a wedding or a baby naming ceremony). A group of men are singing amdah, religious songs praising the qualities of the Prophet Muhammad and asking God to bless him. The sound is coming from an apartment building where several apartments are being used to house the party guests. This clip was taped on the sidewalk outside the building.

Dayf Ullah

Posted in People, Religion with tags on August 28, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Bab Bou Jelloud, is a popular starting point for groups touring the medina (old city) of Fes. One Saturday morning a group of about 50 Moroccan women entered the gate carrying small drums and singing a traditional Moroccan song “Dayf Ullah” which means “God’s guest” and is a term used to describe someone who shows up surprisingly or uninvited – you would still accept them and welcome them because God sent them to you. At the end of the sound clip you will hear the tour guide with a bull horn trying to get the women’s attention and explaining to them where they are at in the medina.

Umsiyah Quraniyah

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

This afternoon Quran recitation was organized by a group so that people could enjoyably listen to different Quran reciters. Each person recites for only a minutes, and between each reciter there are short talks about the relationship and place of the Quaran in the life of Muslims. This Umsiyah was held at a meeting hall used for lectures and meetings of religious leaders. It is on a busy street across from the Royal Mirage Hotel in Fes.

Rote learning: a chant

Posted in Daily Life, Music, Religion, Street Sounds with tags , on March 31, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Memorization of the Qur’an is an important and traditional way of learning the holy text, practicing Islam, and an act that is greatly celebrated upon completion. For better or worse, in Morocco, the technique of memorization has been extended into secular education, and students in the majority of Moroccan classrooms study a variety of subjects using the a rote memorization technique. Below you can hear elementary students singing as they learn.

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.

Wedding Songs and Ululation

Posted in Music, Religion with tags on February 17, 2008 by Sarah Kate Kramer

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Moroccan weddings are musical (shwiya deafening) events. These recordings are from two weddings that were recently in the Fes Medina.

A song sung by a professional band that was hired for the event:

Spontaneous ululation by female guests, a common practice at Moroccan weddings:

Men–guests–singing, while waiting for dinner to be served:

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.”

Two songs recorded at what we believe to have been at a party celebrating the birth of a baby

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

These songs were heard from an apartment next door to the party–the celebrations were so boisterous that they came through loud and clear.

1. A group singing madih, which are songs extolling the virtues of the Prophet Muhammad. This madih includes the line: “what are you but the best of creation?

2. A song in which the singer is giving “shout outs” to people attending the party.

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.”

The Announcement of Eid al Fitr (“little eid”)

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

Eid al Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan. Celebratory horn-blowing punctuates the nights of Ramadan, and on the morning of Eid al Fitr we were awakened by this horn and a knock on the door.

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.

Tahleel in Fes Jdid

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 10, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

About half an hour before the dawn call to prayer (adhaan), the muezzin recites phrases that glorify God and praise the Prophet Muhammad, such as

” There is nothing worthy of worship but God,”

“Oh God, Bless our beloved Muhammad,” and

” There is no power or strength except by God.”

This tahleel was recited daily during the month of Ramadan in Fes Jdid. It signified the approaching dawn and marked the last chance to eat or drink before the fast began at the Call to Prayer.

Adhan for Sunset Prayer

Posted in Prayers, Ramadan, Religion with tags on December 8, 2007 by Sarah Kate Kramer

Adhaan (call to prayer) for the Sunset Prayer during Ramadan.