In other news… of what hasn’t happened yet, but made the news anyway

Donald Clarke explains that Liam Neeson hasn’t converted to Islam, yet

  • galloglaigh

    Muslims in America are the new Blacks.

  • Harry Flashman

    “The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing.”

    Liam’s right, one of the most calming sounds you can hear, provided A) the local imam hasn’t decided to jack up the amplifiers in a pissing contest with the mosque down the street and B) it isn’t followed up by forty-five minutes of ranting sermons into the mike at full volume.

  • Quite right, Harry. When I first visited Singapore my hotel was in a Muslim district directly opposite a mosque. We arrived late in the evening and the next morning at dawn I awoke to the most beautiful melodic Call to Prayer. I had never heard anything like it. He was the best Muezzin I have heard then or since.

  • Harry Flashman

    One of my pleasures is the 4.30am call, thankfully our local imam is a considerate bloke and intones it very gently (there are assholes who feel the need to blast it out at top volume) at that point everyone else, maids, workers, drivers etc are getting up and getting ready for a day’s work, for me it’s notice that I can roll over for another couple of hours’ kip.

    The evening call is my favourite, just as the sun is setting and the heat of the day subsides and across the city quietly at first and then a cacophony of calls to prayers for the faithful or in my case time to pour the first large G&T of the evening, allahu akhbar.