Written by Lynn Fux
I want to tell you all a beautiful story of something you will probably never hear from the media in any context.
I live in Northern Israel surrounded by Arab villages, a wonderful benefit. Here is why (well, one reason): I am privileged to hear early every morning, before the sun rises, one of the most beautiful, holy, and otherworldly sounds one can ever hear. It is so ethereal it becomes an addiction. I must go outside and stand in the dark silence just to witness its full holiness. It occurs just after I finish my Buddhist chanting, or maybe I have timed my chanting to its rhythm. When my children were babies and they heard it, it was as if they were in a trance, that is how intensely beautiful it is.
There is no denying the holy vibration of this sound. It is called the “Azaan,” the Islamic call to prayer by the muezzin (the caller to prayer). It actually happens five times a day, but it is this early morning one that I notice and feel the most. A culture that produces this sound and the words of prayer that begin after the call has to be one of supreme beauty. I have to say this is the truth. We only hear the word terrorist in conjunction with Islam, but I have the credibility to tell you, it is only a tiny fraction that the media has built up into a vast overblown sea.
A culture that produces this sound and the words of prayer that begin after the call has to be one of supreme beauty. I have to say this is the truth.
I asked my son-in law (a Muslim scholar) if it was in accordance with Islamic law to use the audio portion of the azaan in this story, out of respect for his faith. When I asked him, I found out another interesting fact. There is a miracle of sorts associated around the “Azaan”: the calling does not stop, it goes on 24/7 all over the planet. Just think, 24 hours all year long of holy vibrations. I think all of that coupled with all of the other holy vibrations from other faiths must make the universe very happy.
Anytime you can peel away layers of societal garbage until you are able to see clearly and not judge another, you will be able to witness such beauty that your imagination cannot even fathom.
This is just one of the many ways the fox and the hound can become friends. As to which one is which, you can all fill in your own blanks.
Listen to the miracle of the Azaan yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe8qRj12OhY
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