Major U.S. City To Broadcast Muslim Call To Prayer 5 Times A Day
The short call – known as the adhan, is commonly broadcast throughout the Middle East
A neighborhood within Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's district will begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer via loudspeakers five times a day over the holy month of Ramadan.
The neighborhood in Minneapolis will see what is “believed to be the first publicly-broadcast call to prayer in a major US city,” according to al Jazeera English.
The move has been branded 'historical' for Minneapolis and major cities across the United States, according to community members.
The short call – known as the adhan, is commonly broadcast throughout the Middle East.
Currently, in the USA, the call is only heard inside mosques or community centers.
“There’s definitely a lot of excitement,” said Imam Abdisalam Adam, who is on the board of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque.
“Some people see it as historic,” Adam told Al Jazeera.
“To the point … that they’re not doing it, able to see it in their lifetime.”
A noise permit was granted by the city to permit the call to prayer.
The Muslim call to prayer echoed for the first time ever throughout a Minneapolis neighbourhood, in what is believed to be the first publicly-broadcast call to prayer in a major US city https://t.co/aGvy1cXqdJ | #Ramadan pic.twitter.com/semZG904ps— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) April 24, 2020
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said:
“Tonight’s historic call to prayer in Minneapolis will bring comfort and remind the faithful and the neighborhood that as we are physically distant, we can still be connected to our faith and mosque."
“The call to prayer is being issued via an amplified public address system on the rooftop of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood,” Biz Pac Review reported.
“According to the Sahan Journal, the P.A. system and technical support necessary for the community-wide vocal calls were provided by First Avenue (a famous nightclub and music venue that became a national landmark of sorts after Prince used it as a location for several scenes in the movie “Purple Rain”). The city of Minneapolis issued a noise permit for the calls to prayer that start at sunrise and end at sunset.”
Cedar-Riverside has become a densely populated area of Islamic immigrants in the country
Two years ago, a group of Muslims reporter patrolled area enforcing Sharia law.
Some residents have blasted the decision to broadcast the call to prayer.
“Pathetic! People can’t go to church or sit in their cars and listen to the gospel, but this….Unf***ing believable,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Yes! It is not ok for Christians to pray over loudspeakers—something to do with our constitution and not pushing another religion on to another. If we do, it’s a guarantee lawsuit from the Islamic Terrorist org, CAIR. Nuts, right!?” wrote another.
On Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would be providing "over half a million meals" to the Muslim community over the holy month of Ramadan.
De Blasio's announcement comes just a few weeks after he threatened to permanently ban churches from operating in the city due to the coronavirus.
De Blasio intends to provide 500,000 Halal meals during Ramadan, which will be distributed at 32 Department of Education buildings, according to Bloomberg.