The city of Minneapolis has recently approved the Islamic call to prayer (also known as the Adhan) just a few days before the holy month of Ramadan is set to begin.
The bill was originally brought forward by Jamal Osman and approved by the city council, which now allows local mosques throughout the largest city in Minnesota to publicly recite the call to prayer via a speaker between certain hours.
Posting to Twitter, Osman described the win as a step in the right direction for religious equality.
“Today the council passed a resolution commemorating Ramadan. It was an honor to help carry it, and help share my faith with the city. One of the notable things with this resolution was we acknowledged that the call to prayer was legal in Minneapolis. The Adhan is one of the most important parts of our faith, and the ability to do it during the day has been in the city’s code all along.
“Mosques around the city can play the call to prayer during the hours of 7 am to 10 pm. These hours are set by the state as times when noise can be broadcast outside.”
He continued, adding that these are the hours that “church bells” are allowed to ring, so similarly, mosques are now allowed to do the same with their call to prayer.
“The call should be no louder than 15 decibels than the outside noise off the property. That’s a pretty technical limit and any mosque in the city can follow up with my office or the Health Department and we can help make sure that the call is the appropriate volume.”
“This Ramadan, and moving forward, Muslims in Minneapolis will get to hear the call to prayer,” he added. “It is a signal of the equality and community we have built here. This is America and we are allowed to share our faith from the rooftops, just like everyone else.
“I want to thank the city staff in the Health Department and the City Attorneys’ office for their hard work, professionalism, and attention to detail,” he concluded.
What an amazing achievement for Muslims in the local area and especially right before Ramadan! May God bless Jamal Osman and everyone else involved for working hard to get this approved.
The call to prayer was first legalised in the U.S. in 2004 in the city of Hamtramck, Michigan, which is also the only current place in the US to have an all-Muslim government. Minneapolis becomes the 4th city to follow suit after Dearborn and Paterson legalised the call.