April 25, 2023

Minneapolis Approves Mosques to Broadcast Muslim Calls to Prayer

Minneapolis officials have approved loudspeaker broadcasts of the Muslim call to prayer at all times – making it the first major American city to do so.

The Minneapolis City Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to amend the city's noise ordinance, allowing the “adhan” — Arabic for “announcement”–to sound five times a day, year-round.

The prayers had previously been broadcast three times a day there before, but the ordinance prevented dawn and late evening calls at certain times of the year due to noise restrictions.

Minneapolis has had a flourishing East African immigrants population since at least the 1990s, and mosques there are common. Three of 13 members of the council identify as Muslim.

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