I live across the street from a mosque here in Egypt. Since I’m not muslim, I’ve learned to ignore the calls to prayer, but my daily schedule more or less coincides with them. Early morning – time to get up, midday – lunchtime, after sunset – bed time. But what if you’re not a teacher? What if you’re a belly dancer or a singer who works nights? Then what do the calls to prayer signal for you?
Midday Prayer = Time to wake up
Wake up you lazy bones! You can’t sleep the whole day away.
Mid-afternoon Prayer – Breakfast, get up
Get up and greet the day. If you want to get anything done like go to the bank, grocery shop, or see day-walkers you’d better get your butt in gear.
Sunset Prayer – Cocktails
There’s always a bar or hotel around somewhere. If not, make some at home.
Evening Prayer – Get ready to go out
Put on your dancing shoes and your chandelier earrings. It’s party time
Dawn Prayer – Bedtime
You’ve had a full day, it’s time to get some shuteye so you can get up at 3 PM and do it all over again!
What do the calls to prayer mean in your life? Leave a response in the comments below.