The first major US city to allow mosques to offer the Islamic call to prayer, Azan, five times per day, Azan Loudspeakers is Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A resolution amending the city’s noise ordinance, which had previously prevented Azan from participating in morning and evening calls at specific times of the year, was approved by the Minneapolis City Council unanimously.
Members of the city’s local Muslim community celebrated the vote, which occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The resolution is expected to be signed by the mayor of the city on Monday.
Azan was previously permitted throughout the year, with the exception of some prayers, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prayers are said at sunrise, noon, sunset, and when the night sky is visible. In Minneapolis, day break comes as soon as 5:30 am, and nightfall happens after 9 pm during specific seasons.
The goal was upheld by individuals from different religions locally, including Christian and Jewish pioneers who supported expanding the hours at a new formal conference.
In contrast to the Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has occasionally plagued similar efforts across the US, the effort did not face organized public opposition.
Since the 1990s, there has been a large and active East African immigrant community in Minneapolis, and mosques are now prevalent throughout the city. Three of the 13 individuals from the city gathering are Muslim.
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