Speaking of Prayer

Here we are! I just wrote that big rant about prayer, and what do I find but an article describing plans by the government in Cairo, Egypt, to silence the “cacophony” of prayer-call. Now, I admit, I’ve never been woken in the wee hours by a muezzin, but to those who might have this as a real complaint: WHY DO YOU LIVE IN CAIRO?! GET EAR PLUGS!! Gah.

Seriously, though: I could understand someone complaining on some sort of freedom of religion-style basis (Sallat calls are cramping my Satanic Mass, et cetera”), and any hypothetical response to that complaint that I can muster (something like, “Well, it IS a MUSLIM country”) sounds awfully like things that folks in the good-ol’ USA say concerning omnipresent Christian-catering. But that isn’t the basis that the article gives for the proposed switch to radio-muezzining. It’s the noise that they don’t like. The “Noise”.

And to THAT complaint, I say: “Muezzinun of Cairo, Pray On!” Bismilleh al-Rahman al-Rahim, and all that jazz.

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About John Harness
John Harness is an artist and educator in Chicago. He is a member of Socialist Alternative and the Klingon Language Institute. He writes about political activism and roleplaying games.

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