/myooh ez"in, mooh-/, n.
the crier who, from a minaret or other high part of a mosque, at stated hours five times daily, intones aloud the call summoning Muslims to prayer.
[1575-85; < Turk müezzin < Ar mu'adhdhin]

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▪ Islamic religious official
Arabic  Muʾaddin,  

      in Islām, the official who proclaims the call to prayer ( adhān) on Friday for the public worship and the call to the daily prayer (alāt) five times a day, at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall. To summon worshipers the Jews use a trumpet and the Christians use a bell, but the Muslims use the human voice. The muezzin is the servant of the mosque and is chosen for his good character. He stands either at the door or side of a small mosque or on the minaret (manāra) of a large one. He faces each of the four compass directions in turn: east, west, north, and south. To each direction he cries: “Allāh is most great. I testify that there is no God but Allāh. I testify that Muḥammad is the prophet of Allāh. Come to prayer. Come to salvation. Allāh is most great. There is no God but Allāh.” Shīʾite muezzin add, “Come to the best work,” after “Come to salvation.” Many mosques have installed electronic recordings of the call to prayer, and amplifiers have displaced the muezzin.

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