In the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the azan was allowed to be read openly with a loudspeaker five times a day throughout the year.
The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to call the prayer five times a day publicly in a major city for the first time in the nation’s history.
With the voting held in Ramadan, the parliament changed the relevant restrictive articles in the city’s noise regulation, which stood in the way of the call to prayer openly, especially in the morning and at night.
“Minneapolis has now become a city for all religions,” said Mohammed Dukulfy, imam of the city’s Nur Mosque, who watched the vote. used the phrase.
The permission was granted last year, but morning and night prayers were excluded.
Jaylani Hussein, President of the Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that the 5 times prayer time showed that “a nation founded on religious freedom has fulfilled its promise to the world”.
Last year, the city council gave permission for the call to prayer openly, but due to the limitations in the noise regulation, morning and night prayers were excluded.
Three of the 13 members of the city council of Minneapolis, which has a population of about half a million, are Muslim.