Partisans of Allah

The call to prayer at the break of dawn has a special spiritual significance for Muslims, even if few actually manage to stir from the depths of slumber to give proof of their faith. Not willing to leave the decision to the individual believer, mullahs at the ever-increasing number of mosques dotting the urban landscapes of Pakistan have in recent years taken to forcibly rousing the faithful from bed. Only the deepest sleepers escape the cries every morning of an army of rival muezzins, one more raucous than the last.

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