Ezan a hymn used in Mohammedan countries by the Muezzin (q.v.), or public crier, who chants it from the minarets of the mosques in a loud, deep-toned voice, summoning the people to their devotions. The proclamation is as follows: God is great, four times repeated; I bear witness that there is no god but God, twice repeated; I bear witness that Mohammed is the prophet of God, twice repeated; Come to the temple of salvation, twice repeated; God is great, God is most great; there is no God but God, and Mohammed is his prophet. At the morning prayer the muezzin must add, Prayer is better than sleep, twice repeated.

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