I am not convinced that Islam is a religion of peace, it has not been proven as such.
I know that it is Islamic radicals that want us dead, but the remaining practitioners remain silent. Where is their defense of their actions? Why did they dance in the streets when we suffered our tragedies?
Posted by Sam on 05/25 at 08:11 AM | #
I have been to the ROM many times. The call to prayer is part of an audio exhibit in the "crystal." Many sounds from cultures around the world are played, as well as sounds from nature. It is an incredibly beautiful exhibit, and every time I go there I spend at least 10 minutes listening to it.
Of all the sounds played in the exhibit, the call to prayer is the most beautiful. The way that it echoes through the space is simply amazing. One time I was in another gallery when I heard the call to prayer start, and I quickly dragged my kids halfway across the museum so they could hear it.
I have tried to time my visits to the museum to be there during the call to prayer. I assumed that the recording was played during the 5 times during the day that Muslims pray. But either I got the time wrong (I'm not Muslim) or it is played at random times.
I recommend that everyone go to the ROM to experience this exhibit. It is beautiful. If you are lucky you will be there when the call to prayer is played, a truly worthwhile event.
Playing the call to prayer in a museum is no more controversial than having a religiously themed painting in a museum. I'm sure no one would suggest even for a moment that all paintings that depict scenes from the Bible be removed from art museums. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with playing a beautiful song in an audio exhibit, even though the song is religious in nature.
Posted by Paul Saget on 05/23 at 01:59 PM | #
Read their explanation. And diversity will bring us down.
Posted by meginphoenix on 05/23 at 12:15 AM | #
The following link will take you to the Museum's statement on this incident:
Posted by Royal Ontario Museum on 05/22 at 05:42 PM | #
Good job raising awareness about this. Most people don't have a clue what is happening to our public institutions, since we go to a museum only once or twice a year. It will be a great shock when we visit some of our cherished cultural centers and find our culture has been replaced by a hostile, foreign presence.
Posted by pearl on 05/22 at 12:09 PM | #
Was it sung in French?
Posted by RockLakeGuy on 05/22 at 10:31 AM | #
This is devastating news. I hope and
pray Canadians will correct his horrific
Posted by Joseph McKean on 05/22 at 09:05 AM | #
On the surface, hearing the muslim call to prayer ring out in a museum seems bizarre, unless it was part of an exhibit featuring Muslim culture. Has anyone thought to contact the museum to ask why this has happened? Is this now going to be a regular occurrence and will it take place 5 times a day?
Posted by Paulette Volgyesi on 05/22 at 08:53 AM | #
Islamic Call to Prayer in the Royal Ontario Museum
Posted by Guest Column on May 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The Islamic Call to Prayer have no place in such an institution
On Monday, May 21st (Victoria Day), I was guiding the children of a friend around the Royal Ontario Museum when I heard the Muslim call to prayer belting out of the PA system. After the full call was recited, there was an announcement that all would be welcome to join the prayers. I didn’t recognize where the room was in the building (perhaps because of the sound of my teeth grinding). Then the Muezzin’s call wailed on again. After that, presumably for ‘balance’ some church-bells dinged away for a little bit.More...
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