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A mosque is symbolically very important to Muslims, and is a humble way for man to recreate pure divine presence on earth.
The implementation of minarets, were both for embellishment of the mosques, and for the functionality of the mosques, as calling for prayer, ezan, from ground level, did not carry more than a few blocks. Often a recorded ‘call’ is used today.
Azan is recited in a loud voice by the Muezzin facing the direction of the Ka'ba in the following words, which are said in the order mentioned:
"Allahu Akbar" - recited FOUR times.
Meaning, "Allah is Most Great."(four times)
"Ash-hadu an la ilaha ill-Allah" - recited TWO times.
Meaning, "I bear witness that there is none worthy of being worshipped except Allah."(twice)
"Ash-hadu anna Muhammad-ar-Rasoolullah" - recited TWO times.
Meaning, "I bear witness that Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah."(recited twice)
"Hayya 'alas-Salah" - recited TWO times.
Meaning, "Come to prayer."(turning the face alone to the right and saying it twice)
"Hayya 'alal-falah" - recited TWO times.
Meaning, "Come to Success."(turning the face alone to the left and saying it twice)
"Allahu Akbar" - recited TWO times.
Meaning, "Allah is Most Great" (face back to front and saying it two times).
Morning (Fajr) Prayers
The following phrase is added after "Hayya 'alal-falah" in the Azan of the early morning prayers:
"As-salatu khairum minannaum" - recited Two times.
Meaning, "Prayer is better than sleep" (recited two times).
Needless to say it is a rather neat thing to hear the call to prayer coming from many mosques all at once.
Updated May 4, 2010
Ephesos is not only an ancient site but also a pilgrimage destination for Christians. Biblical Ephesos witnessed many important activities of disciples and early churches. House of Virgin Mary is the most spiritual place in the region.
Do not forget to drink water flowing from fountains and to wish...
Updated Sep 9, 2003
This was the public toilet - that time.
Imagine that the water flows from left to right.
The highest in rank was sitting at the left - so the water was the cleanest .
It was a public toilet where many politics and boulevard news was theme of discussion.
Written Jul 20, 2003
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Written Mar 28, 2010
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In Selcuk (the nearest town to Ephesus-2kms) there's a hamam (TURKISH BATH) in the center of the city. You'll be amazed how relaxed, clean and silky you are after having a Turkish bath with massage.
Written Apr 1, 2003
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You can make a "virtual visit" in this page:
where you can see 360 degrees panoramic views of some points of the site.
Written Dec 12, 2002