Prayer call request ‘naked Islamic imperialism’

    A row has flared in the city of Oxford after Muslims submitted an application to the council for the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcasted over loudspeakers. It followed Oxford Central Mosque (OCM) announcement that it would apply to the city council for permission to relay the call to prayer – adhan – from the minaret of its mosque three times a day. Spokesman, Sarder Rana, said OCM would be “happy” if they get permission to make the call to Friday prayers only. Unlike church bells that can be heard from some churches the adhan is called through the use of the human voice. The mu’athin summons Muslims five times a day: at dawn, at midday, in mid-afternoon, just after sunset, and at night about two hours after sunset.

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