Richard Dawkins and the Muslim Call to Prayer

Richard Dawkins recently got himself in trouble again with Twitter.  For many months now, Dawkins has been trying to repair his reputation and standing among the social justice atheists by restricting his Twitter attacks to approved targets, such as Trump, Brexit, and Christians.  But then on July 16, he strayed from the woken path and tweeted the following:

This, of course, triggered an outpouring of outrage from various corners of the social justice universe.  Even Hement Mehta and PZ Myers piled on.

Dawkins would then dig himself deeper into the hole by tweeting the next day:


After getting spanked, Dawkins has since returned to safe topics – Trump.

What’s a shame is that I almost had the rare chance of actually writing a blog post entitled, “In Defense of Richard Dawkins.”  As his original Tweet comes close to making a good point.

When comparing Church bells to the Muslim call to prayer, the difference is not so much that of one being nice and the other being aggressively linked to terrorism.  The true difference lies in how intrusive they are.

If you consider church bells, their sound and meaning are open to interpretation.  They are, after all, nothing more than ringing bells.  When I was an atheist teen, I recall waking up late Sunday mornings and the sound of the bells in the distance was a pleasant addition to the other summer sounds (birds and insects).  Of course, my reaction might have been different if we had lived next door to a church.

But it is different with the Muslim call to prayer.

As for as the musical quality, it’s too dark and depressing for me.  But that’s just a matter of subjective taste.

The problem comes from the objective realm – this is a song that has words and the words have explicit meaning.  And these words are being effectively shouted out to the whole neighborhood. Here is the message that is being shouted:

Allahu Akbar

God is Great

(said four times)

Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah

I bear witness that there is no god except the One God.

(said two times)

Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God.

(said two times)

Hayya ‘ala-s-Salah

Hurry to the prayer (Rise up for prayer)

(said two times)

Hayya ‘ala-l-Falah

Hurry to success (Rise up for Salvation)

(said two times)

Allahu Akbar

God is Great

[said two times]

La ilaha illa Allah

There is no god except the One God

For the pre-dawn (fajr) prayer, the following phrase is inserted after the fifth part above, towards the end:

As-salatu Khayrun Minan-nawm

Prayer is better than sleep

(said two times)

So the Muslim call to prayer is an explicit message.  It amounts to proselytizing to the neighborhood.  Even wikipedia acknowledges this:

The main purpose behind the multiple loud pronouncements of adhan in every mosque is to make available to everyone an easily intelligible summary of Islamic belief.  In modern times loudspeakers have been installed on minarets for this purpose.

Compared to the ringing of bells, which is open to interpretation by any listener, the Muslim call to prayer is much more intrusive, meaning that Dawkins’ choice of the word “aggressive” is not too far off.

Of course, the social justice mindset would respond by accusing me of “Islamophobia.”  But that would be nonsense.  To easily demonstrate that, ask any social justice advocate if they would support churches everywhere changing from the ringing of bells to using loudspeakers to sing the following pronouncements to the neighborhood every Sunday morning:

God is Great

(said four times)

I bear witness that God exists.

(said two times)

I bear witness that Jesus is Lord

(said two times)

Rise up for prayer

(said two times)

Rise up for Salvation

(said two times)

God is Great

[said two times]

Jesus is Lord

I don’t think there is a social justice advocate alive who would support such public “music” in the morning.


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8 Responses to Richard Dawkins and the Muslim Call to Prayer

  1. nsr says:

    Any amusing accounts of SJWs suddenly changing their view on Islam when made to experience Islamic rule or culture first-hand?

  2. Ilíon says:

    Allahu Akbar

    God is Great

    Actually, “Allahu Akbar” does not mean “God is Great“; it means “Allah is Greater“. Greater than who/what? Greater that *your* God.

    When a Muzzie shouts “Allahu Akbar” before he massacres non-Moslems, it is a taunt – “I am killing you in the name of Allah, and your God can’t stop me! … Therefore, Allah is The True God.”

  3. Dhay says:

    Thank you for that, I was unaware of it. If you Google “Define Allahu Akbar” you will find a number of sources confirming it means “God is greater” (Wiki has “greatest”).

    The Sun notes:

    The phrase is not found in the Koran.

    It has become associated with terrorists, to the extent that:

    Cops in Venice have been told to shoot potential terrorists on sight and target anyone shouting “Allahu Akbar”. Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of the tourist hot spot of Venice, revealed the order at a summer think tank and was applauded by delegates. He said: “Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Mark’s Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces.

  4. stcordova says:

    Kudos to Dawkins. Studly good post Mike.

  5. unclesporkums says:

    And in doing so, again proves his inconsistency in attacking “religion”.

  6. Ilíon says:

    According to Moslem sources, Mo’ first used the phrase “Allahu Akbar” before his attack on the Jews of the Khaibar/Khyber oasis. After the battle, he slaughtered the men and gave the women (other than the ones he kept for himself) to his men to be their sex-slaves.

    The phrase is, and has always been, a taunt and a war-cry.

  7. nsr says:

    It’s hilarious to think of old Dawko as a potential ally against the SJWs. He’ll probably croak before he realises it though.

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