It’s almost 4:00 am. Mariam awakens to the steady sound of the ithan (call to prayer), slowly engulfing the night’s silence. She makes her way through the darkness of her home, a dash of light peering through the window of her living room. The air is warm, the moon bright, the sky pitch black, and the sound of the ithan rhythmic. Out in the distance, only a few meters away, is a golden glow radiating from one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Dome of the Rock.
‘This is what I do every morning. I wake up, go to my window, then I go to the mosque to pray’, she says with a smile while stirring a pot of Arabic coffee over the blue fire of the stove in her kitchen. ‘It is the best part of my day.’