Muslims called to pray in Roxbury
Several times daily, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center broadcasts its spiritual invitations.
With the sun high in the sky, Ayubur Rahman gives his weekly call for the Juma, the Muslim congregational prayer recited midday every Friday. His melodic voice rings out over a Roxbury neighborhood from a loudspeaker atop the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, where he is the muezzin, or the one designated to call Muslims to worship. Though Friday is special, the call to prayer happens five times daily, in a schedule determined by the sun’s position. With the exception of the early-morning calls, the adhan is broadcast outside the mosque, near the corner of Columbus Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, its spiritual invitation floating above the Roxbury bustle.