Mosques go digital by synching call to prayer
Published 14/08/2010 | 05:00
Cairo is to synchronise the call to prayer across the city's 4,500 mosques using computers, putting an end to out of tune and out of time muezzin.
For more than a millennium, the competing calls to prayer intoned from thousands of minarets have been one of Cairo's most distinctive features. But this weekend, the government begins its project to synchronise the five daily calls to prayer to a central computerised feed.
"Our goals are to accurately set the time of prayer so that it is called at the same time from each mosque, and to control the quality of the voices," said Sheikh Salem Abdel-Galil, an official behind the proposal.
It is proving unpopular with the muezzins -- the human voices of the call -- who fear losing their jobs, as well as traditionalists for whom the clashing sounds of the chants are part of the city's charm. (© Daily Telegraph, London)