Photographer's Note

Adhan (Athaan) (أَذَان) is the Islamic call to prayer, recited by the muezzin. The root of the word is "to permit", and another derivative of this word is "ear."

Adhan is called out by the muezzin from a minaret of a mosque five times a day summoning Muslims for fard (mandatory) salah (prayers). There is a second call known as iqama that summons Muslims to line up for the beginning of the prayers.

See more here: Call to Prayer.

Five times a day a Muslim is bound to perform the Salah, the fixed ritual of the Islamic prayer - worship. He should properly go to the nearest mosque to offer his prayers together with the whole congregation.

Every Muslim, male or female, must offer at least five daily prayers in time, they are:

1. The Early Morning Prayer (Salatu-l-Fajr), which may be offered any time after the dawn and before, a total period of about two hours.
2. The Noon Prayer (Salatu-z-Zuhr). This prayer may be offered anytime after the sun begins to decline from its Zenith until it is about midway on its course to setting. For example, if the sun sets at 7:00 p.m. the prayer time begins a little after 12:00 noon and continues until a little after 3:30 p.m. Soon after that the time of the next prayer begins. However, there are accurate calendars telling the time of each prayer. But if there is none available, one must resort to one's best judgment.
3. The Mid-Afternoon prayer (Salatu-l-Asr), which begins right after the expiration of the Noon prayer time and extends to sunset.
4. The sunset prayer (Salatu-l-Maghrib). The time of this prayer begins immediately after sunset and extends till the red glow in the western horizon disappears. Normally it extends over a period of one hour and twenty to thirty minutes.
5. The Evening prayer (Salatu-l-Isha), which begins after the red glow in the western horizon disappears (nearly one hour and thirty minutes after sunset) and continues till right before dawn.

See more here: Muslim Prayer.

I took this shot in the Blue Mosque, at 5:12pm, but I forgot to change the time on my camera so it says 10:12am. Oops!

I felt badly about taking pictures while the local people were praying because I did not want to disturb them, so I tried to snap a few shots without the flash. It looks somewhat grainy, but hopefully you still like it! Thanks for looking as always!

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  • Copyright: LM TD (Lilly716) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 5 N: 59] (240)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-26
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Camera: Canon G9
  • Exposure: f/4.8, 1/8 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 17:57
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