The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Of bricks and prayers.

There is a building site not far from where we are living in Malaysia. Now, you may think that there is nothing unusual about building sites - but there is, about this one. You see, I am awake, not long after 5 am, to an unexpected sound. Perhaps you might like to guess what it is. Just think, what noise could a building site be making shortly after 5 am in Malaysia?

Please have a think about it. I, for one, did not expect a building site to make this kind of noise, of a morning. Well, have you got your answer? I will tell you then. I am awake to the sound of prayer. That is right: this building site is praying to the world, on a public address system, pre-dawn, every morning.

I like travel, for one major reason: experiencing the new. For me, it is a new experience to hear the sounds of prayer arising from the rubble of a building site, every morning. It is really quite surreal. It is as if someone had changed the rules of the world, overnight.

The funny thing is, is that the praying is louder than the building. That is, this particular building site is quieter during its work of putting up a rather large structure, than it is in praying over it. The prayer can probably be heard kilometres away...but the building noises don't reach much past a few hundred metres, at the most.

I should point out that the building is NOT a mosque and this is not the call of a muezzin. It is actually just the sounds of amplified prayer. It has been going on, now, for over half an hour...

I have told you the unusual thing that happens in my mornings: how about yours? Comment below, please.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 5:50 AM 


Blogger Christine said...

When I stayed in Singapore for a few days, I was near a big mosque. I could hear the call to prayer in the morning. It was different.
Mornings here in Korea are usually quiet. This place is known as "The Land of the Morning Calm". We are having some construction, and for a while I did hear it early in the mornings. The summer heat made it necessary to start early. Thankfully they are starting later now because of the cold weather.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hmm..."Land of the morning calm", sounds good. It is strange when the loudest thing a building site does is pray!


8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear roosters and lawn mowers in the morning. :)


7:55 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

That is an interesting combination, Lyric. In my experience roosters are usually on farms - and they don't get mowed: the cows do that work! So, your place must be unusual in some way.

Where is that?

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a fairly normal, suburban, small town. My neighbors just thought it would be an awesome idea to have pet roosters.


3:39 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Ah Lyric, that is pretty eccentric in its own way (the roosters I mean).

Mind you, I bet the roosters are quieter of a morning, than my amplified, praying building site! Furthermore, they probably don't crow for an hour...

Thanks for explaining the situation.

9:40 AM  

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