|Hannah, Bonnie, Alyssa, Danielle: the Roommates of 408|
5x per day the Muslim Call to Prayer is blasted all over Jerusalem. Loudspeakers are positioned over the city and boy is it loud. Really loud. Our professors said eventually we won't hear it just like I can't hear the train behind our house in Vidor, but that ain't happenin yet. It's kinda hard to appreciate it at four in the morning. One line in the prayer says, "Prayer is better than sleep" =). Have you ever heard the Call to Prayer? You tube it--it's quite interesting. The Muslims don't describe it as singing- it's a unique mix between singing/deep chanting.
|4x||الله اكبر||Allahu Akbar||God is the Greatest|
|2x||اشهد ان لا اله الا الله||Ash-had al-la ilāha illa llah||I testify that there is no God except God|
|2x||اشهد ان محمدا رسول الله||Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan-rasūlu llāh||I testify that Muhammad is a Messenger of God|
|2x1||اشهد ان عليا ولي الله||Ash-hadu anna Aliya wali-ul-lah||I testify that Ali is a Vicegerent of God|
|2x||حي على الصلاة||Hayya 'alas-salāh||Come to prayer|
|2x||حي على الفلاح||Hayya 'alal-falāh||Come to success|
|2x||حي على خير العمل||Hayya- al Khair al amal||The time for the best of deeds has come|
|2x||الله اكبر||Allah-u Akbar||God is greater than any description|
|2x||لا اله الا الله||Lā ilāha illallāh||There is no deity except for God|
|I Dream of Jeanie|
Best part about it all? foregoing Wikipedia and experiencing this culture firsthand.