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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
Viel Diskussion wg des Modellprojekts #Muezzin-Ruf. Köln ist die Stadt der (religiösen) Freiheit & Vielfalt. Wer am Hbf ankommt, wird vom Dom begrüßt und von Kirchengeläut begleitet. Viele KölnerInnen sind Muslime. Den Muezzin-Ruf zu erlauben ist für mich ein Zeichen des Respekts
— Henriette Reker (@HenrietteReker) October 9, 2021
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