Search This Blog

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A New Study On The Effect Of Azan On Swiftlets Population !!!



I am currently conducting a study on the effect of "Azan"(Muslim Prayers Calls) on birds population on BHs.

Do you realised the followings:

1) BHs closed to those mosques are generally more active as compared to other location. The azan call I believed become the alarm clock in the morning. But who knows there are more to it?

2) The time to be inside their house is usually after the everning prayer's call (magrib). If you observe carefully every everning when the azan is over these birds will start to rush into their BHs. The azan seem to affect there decision to start entering their house.

2) Duress bird call sound have azan call as its background sound.

One thing for sure is that in the wee hour of the morning the azan call wakes the birds up. They need to get ready to fly out to seach for food. Early birds catch the insects. Those who wakes up late, especially those in BH futher away from the mosque and their entrance hole facing west, will not be able to survive.


A story that you might want to know:

To all Muslims their only God is Allah and the Prophet who was chosen to be his Messenger was Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (SWA).

He was born in Mecca in a year which was called "The Year Of The Elephant" (YOE).

The story behind this YOE was said to be the year when Mecca was being attacked by a King named Abrahah from a Kingdom nearby (Habsyah).

It seem that this King wanted people to come to his country and visit his Temple which he build plated with gold. But since the "Kaabah" (a black square shape building) located in Mecca was around he could not get the attention of those visitors.

His mad intention was to destroy the Kaabah and with this action he can pull those crowd to his temple.

He led an army with a number of elephants towards Mecca and upon arrival at the perimeter of Mecca he send his messenger to ask people staying in Mecca to move out.

This was the moment that God sent a large group of swallows each carrying a piece of hot rock or pebble. claimed to be from Hell, and demolish the army & the King. The attack was carried out at night.


Till today everybody believed that the swallows referred to this old tales was those swiftlets who flew in total darkness and able to carry the hot pebble.

So it must be true since they are the only birds that can fly in total darkness and their saliva, after being exposed to those heat from the hot pebbles must have transform into those precious nests.

If you wanted to check on the above story, try to ask any Muslim that you meet the day after you read this story and ask them "What is Tahun Gajah to all Muslims?"

You will be surprised all of them will tell you the same tale except the don't realised that those birds after completed their job migrated to South East Asia.

What do you think will happen if we play those "Azan" (Muslim's Prayer Call) to these swiftlets?

I have no specific answers yet but I think they might recognise the sound.

What I recently did was to mix the Azan sound with the Baby King and make sure the total length of the sound is 60 minutes.

Another serious thing to think about is that there are two types of Azan calls. One used in the morning (Fajr or Subuh) and the other is used for the rest of the calls. Note there are 5 prayer time and the morning call have some additional verses.

Due to this I have created two mixes, one the AzanSubuhBabyKing and the other is AzanBabyKing.

All you need to do is to play the number one at 4.55 am and by 5.55 am the AzanSubuhBabyKing will set the prayer's called in the wee hour in your BH while the rest can be set one hour before the Dzuhor, Asar, Magrib and Isya.

Use this Table for the exact time: 

Malaysia Prayer Times

City Fajr Dhuhr Asr Maghrib Isha
Alor Star 6:09 1:17 4:39 7:10 8:21
Ipoh 6:04 1:14 4:37 7:10 8:20
Kota Bahru 6:02 1:10 4:32 7:03 8:13
Kuala Lumpur 5:59 1:12 4:36 7:10 8:20
Kuantan 5:53 1:05 4:28 7:02 8:12
Kuching 5:21 12:37 4:02 6:38 7:49
Malacca 5:55 1:10 4:34 7:09 8:20
Seremban 5:57 1:11 4:35 7:10 8:20


For other towns please go to: http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=Malaysia


Those of you who would like to try new and weired techniques to get more birds into your BH might want to consider this option. No guarantees but nothing to loose if you try.

The two sounds are currently available with a reasonable fee and you can order one set by sending your request to 017 7551318.

2 comments:

mt909 said...

c'on lah...don't you think you a little bit over...that noise will scary the birds!!

Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! said...

mt909,

I was afraid of the same thing will happened but the test is showing some results (positive). I have installed in one of my BH (my research BH) and every two days or so I conduct the counting the number of birds entering the house from 7pm till darkness). So far the number increases. Please take note the azan is just a superinposed or background sound and and only played about 3.5 minutes at dawn, evening and noon.
Remember when U do research we have the expect the worste. If we are worried that they will run away then we will never be able to conduct research works.