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Muslim call for prayer recited for the first time in Amsterdam

Mosque goers and Muslim locals took to the streets to record the emotional moment the call for prayer was recited on loudspeakers for the first time in Amsterdam.

The call for prayer (Adhaan) was originally planned for last Friday, but the cable of the audio system was cut by unidentified individuals.

So instead, Friday 15th November 2019 would be the date history would be made. This would be the first time for the capital city, with only 7% of the 500 Mosques across the Netherlands there having the Adhaan recited over the years.

This is due to a law regulated in 1980, stating that the municipalities can limit the duration and volume of the Adhaan, but cannot ban it altogether.

Having the freedom of religion protected by the Constitution, it is allowed for all religions to call its believers to worship.

However Nourdeen Wildeman, the spokesman on behalf of the Mosque, told Anadolu Agency that “they were happy and honored to hear the Adhaan over the speakers despite the delay.”

He added:

“There are different reactions from the locals. Some criticise it but in general the reactions are positive”

One of the locals, Ursula van Spronsen, said she came to the mosque for the first time to hear the Adhaan and it sounded nice.

Source: www.islam21c.com

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