Germany’s largest mosque allowed to broadcast adhan on loudspeakers for Friday prayers

Under a new initiative, all of the mosques in Cologne would be able to broadcast the adhan for up to five minutes on Friday between noon and 3 pm.

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In this picture, we can see the Cologne Central Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Germany. (© Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)
In this picture, we can see the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany. The mosque’s design is inspired by a flower bud.(© Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

Germany’s largest mosque — the Cologne Central Mosque— has been permitted to broadcast the call to prayer (adhan) over loudspeakers for the weekly Friday prayers.

Apart from the Cologne Central Mosque, all of the 35 mosques in the city of Cologne have been permitted to broadcast the call to prayer (adhan).

Cologne city in Germany. The city is home to northern Europe's largest Gothic church.
Cologne city in Germany. The city is home to northern Europe’s largest Gothic church. Now, thirty-five mosques in the city of Cologne, including the Cologne Central Mosque, would be permitted to broadcast the call to prayer for Friday prayers.

This positive development comes after a two-year agreement, which is subject to renewal, was reached between the city of Cologne and the Muslim community to ease restrictions.

Under the new initiative, all of the mosques in Cologne would be able to broadcast the call to prayer (adhan) for up to five minutes on Friday between noon and 3 pm.

In this picture, we can see the Cologne Central Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Germany.
In this picture, we can see the inside of the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany.

However, the mosques would have to comply with limits on the volume of their loudspeakers and inform neighbors in advance before the adhan is broadcasted.

In this picture, we can see the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany, at evening time.
In this picture, we can see the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany, in the evening time. The mosque’s design is inspired by a flower bud.

The Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, in a post on Twitter, disclosed that allowing the city’s mosques to broadcast the “muezzin call” was a “sign of respect.”

In this picture, we can see the inside of the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany. (Maroš Žofčin)
In this picture, we can see the inside of the Cologne Central Mosque (DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln), which is the largest mosque in Germany. (Maroš Žofčin)

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