TURKEY
Şeref Akbaba
TURKEY
An academician, poet, writer and editor, Şeref Akbaba was born in Erzurum. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Theology of Atatürk University. He completed his doctoral studies at the Social Sciences Institute of Istanbul University in the department of journalism. His works have appeared in various magazines and newspapers. His activities in the field of publication of literary magazines started in 1983 in Erzurum with Genç Kuşak (Young Generation) magazine. And his career in this sphere has reached its 17th anniversary with a literary magazine called Ay Vakti (Moon Time) which was chosen by Eskader in 2014 as the Magazine of the Year. Now he manages Ay Vakti. His poetry, essays and interview books continue to interest readers.
CALL TO PRAYER FOR NIGHT PRAYERS

The first call to prayer read into the ear
Embraces the child’s soul, gives the house peace
The Sun’s heat falls down from the sky’s pouring
Good news, wishes, the first prayer school
Mothers’ eyes get dazzled
Fathers are in the clinic of the heavens

Allahu Ekber
Allahu Ekber

Call to prayer is on time in Mecca and Medina
It is also performed right before fasting
Calls to prayer in every mode in the night of July fifteen
It is heard first in our country
Andalusia wakes up, the Middle-East repeats those prayers
It makes the blood of the night boil

Allahu Ekber
Allahu Ekber

O martyrs, each one of all is Ulubatlı Hasan
This nation used his chest as a shield
Hey pawns of crusaders, what a dishonorable act is this
The clouds are laden with traps
They cannot hold on to the heart of the night, got kicked out
Salas and calls to prayers are heard

Allahu Ekber
Allahu Ekber

Şeref Akbaba
English Translation by Mesut Şenol