Channel 4 Airs Call To Prayer For Ramadan
Channel 4 will broadcast the three-minute call to prayer at about 3am for 30 days from the start of Ramadan.
Ralph Lee, Channel 4’s head of factual programming, said: “The calls to prayer prompt Muslims to carry out quiet moments of worship, but hopefully they’ll also make other viewers sit up and notice that this event is taking place.”
Lee added in an article in the Radio Times: “No doubt Channel 4 will be criticised for focusing attention on a ‘minority’ religion but that’s what we’re here to do – provide space for the alternative and a voice to the under-represented.”
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) supported Channel 4’s move.
“This is a very special month for Muslims and its recognition on a mainstream channel is not only symbolic for belonging and solidarity but will hopefully help to portray a more realistic account of Islam and Muslims,” said a spokesman.
Ramadan goes back many centuries, to about 610 AD. Muslims believe that Allah (Swt), revealed the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during the month, hence Ramadan’s significance in Islam.
It is a blessed month where Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.
Translation of the Call to Prayer
God is Great
Ashhadu an la ilaha illa Allah
I bear witness that there is no god except the One God
Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God
Hurry to prayer
Hurry to success
God is Great
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