City of Minneapolis — Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to let the announcement or “adhan” to be heard through speakers five times a day, year-round.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the city council of Minneapolis unanimously agreed on Thursday to change the city’s noise code, which had previously prohibited morning and late evening calls at certain times of the year. The poll took place during Ramadan, a sacred month for Muslims.
According to Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, “the Constitution doesn’t sleep at night” after the vote was taken. He argued that what happened in Minneapolis is evidence that the United States “makes good on the promise” of religious freedom.
Since at least the 1990s, Minneapolis has been home to a thriving East African immigrant community, and the city’s mosques reflect this. Only 3 of the 13 council members are Muslims. There was no concerted community pushback against the decision. It is anticipated that Mayor Jacob Frey would sign the bill the following week.
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Muslim officials, including Imam Mohammed Dukuly of Minneapolis’s Masjid An-Nur mosque, were present for the election and expressed optimism about the city’s future. City officials and the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque have been working together for three years to broadcast the adhan outside five times a day during Ramadan.
Dawn, noon, mid- to late afternoon, sunset, and the first visible stars in the night sky are all times for prayer. On the summer solstice, the sun sets after 9 p.m. in Minnesota, while it rises before 5:30 a.m. Last year, transmissions were permitted throughout the year in that city, but only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., with early morning prayer and occasionally night prayer excluded.
Christian and Jewish leaders spoke out in favor of adhan’s extended hours at a recent public session. Lisa Goodman, a member of the Council who spent Thursday celebrating the end of Passover, has stated that the Jewish call to prayer, which is traditionally spoken rather than televised, is not subject to any legal restrictions.
According to onlookers, Christians can always count on hearing church bells. Council member Jamal Osman stated, “It’s something I grew up with, but not my children,” adding that he finds comfort in hearing the call to prayer from local mosques.
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The above article is given from ABC news.com.