"they are wakened by the three minarets of the city beginning their prayers before dawn"

Muslim praying with prayer beads
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Muslims are required to pray five times a day. This practice is called Shalat and is the second pillar of wisdom.

Azan is the first call to prayer, before dawn. This call is issued from the minarets in a city, and rings out.