This is what I heard every morning at five a.m in that great city. Exotic at first, damn annoying after a week, completely ignored after a month.
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i dont know what is your point? nevertheless what you hurd every morning in egypt is a part the egyptians costum and culture if you dont like it as you said then dont go there, and for your own benefit there are one billion and half muslims around the world including the 200.000 muslims in ireland that weak up early morning to pray and that is the call to prayer, i personally admit that it is much enjoyable to hear such nice human voice chanting than a noisy bell
Alix: Welcome! The point of this article is to share with my small readership a small part of my wonderful experiences in Cairo.
This particular prayer was a badly pre-recorded piece played through large, but lo-fi speakers–so, not really a 'nice human' at all. For some reason, you seem to think I would have preferred to hear a bell at 5am–why do we need either of them?
There isn't much critical of religion in this short post, yet you appear very defensive; as you should be, I suppose. If you are actually interested in my opinions, just click the 'religion' tag to read the dozens of articles I have written on the subject. I'm sure you will find a great deal more there by which you can become offended.
As you say: If you don't like it, don't read it. But I hope you'll stay.
N.B. I should think 50,000 would be a generous estimate for adherents to Islam in Ireland.
wonderful experiences in Cairo.
damn annoying after a week
so I simply suggested if that irritated you that much than dont go to egypt
and by the way why would an atheist like you visit a muslim country are you in search for the truth?
ps how did come to the conclusion there are 50.000 muslims in irelan? do you also frequent mosques
NOTE WELL:offensive racists made me defensive
Alix: If you had thought to click on the link in my comment, you would have visited the website of the Irish Central Statistics Office–from whence my (accurate) figures are derived.
Also, you're quite blinkered if you think religion is the only reason someone would visit Egypt. Perhaps I was interested in the famed archaeology/history/architecture?
And, while I suppose one is free to pray at whatever time one likes, as a night owl, I began to resent slightly being woken up that early in the morning–I reserve similar scorn for church bells.
I don't know how to react on your bizarre accusations of racism–I wasn't aware that Muslims were a separate race. Perhaps you can correct me on that.
Thank goodness the people I encountered on my travels through Sinai, the Red Sea and Jordan were far more good humoured, welcoming and open-minded.
I hope you're still searching for the truth too.
Alix: Why do you talk about racism? there's nothing racist in this post.
The early-morning recorded prayers annoyed Mr Darwin in the same way that a noisy bell in this country irritates you.
And why shouldn't an atheist visit Egypt?
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