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Cologne permits broadcast of Adhan for Friday prayers

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Cologne permits broadcast of Adhan for Friday prayers
Cologne permits broadcast of Adhan for Friday prayers

Cologne mayor Henriette Reker has announced a two-year pilot project that will allow mosques to broadcast the call to prayer (Adhan) on Friday.

Cologne mosques need to apply for a special permit to be able to broadcast Adhan, Reuter added. The initiative will run for two years and before being re-evaluated.

Cologne mayor has welcomed the decision and has stated that permitting the muezzin’s call is “a sign of respect”.

Cologne has one of Germany’s most significant Muslim communities and is home to an estimated 35 mosques. Most Muslims in the region initially came from Turkey as guest workers sixty years ago and later brought their families.

Cologne is not the first city in North Rhine-Westphalia to allow mosques to broadcast the call to prayer.

In a region with a large Turkish immigrant community, mosques in Gelsenkirchen and Düren have been broadcasting the religious call since as long ago as the 1990s.

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