‘No Respect For Neighbours’

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Al-Fakhariyya Minaret

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Al-Fakhariyya Minaret

From Israel:
“A BILL aimed at banning mosques from broadcasting the Muslim prayer call over loudspeaker at night and early morning…has sparked outrage among Muslims who claim they are being discriminated against.

“But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the bill is not intended to suppress Islam, but aims to protect citizens from noise disturbance. Coalition parties are expected to back the legislation…

“Moni Aloleimi, 44, a Muslim originally from Jordan now living in Jaffa, Israel, described the bill as

“an attempt to erase the religion”.

“He added:

“People can’t accept this. If there is no call to prayer, there is no prayer. And if there is no prayer, there is no religion.”

“Mr Aloleimi, who runs a manpower company, said the prayer call, which is broadcast five times a day and dates back to the time of the prophet Muhammed, is required to

“rouse and remind people that there is a god and to not do evil deeds.”

He warned that if the law goes through,

there will be an explosion and it will end very badly”.

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“He added:

“You don’t infringe on the religion of an Arab. It starts with this and then they will take other steps like telling us we don’t need 20 mosques, that five is enough.”

“Amjab Rasas, 40, from Jerusalem, claimed he would flout the ban if it goes ahead, by attaching loudspeakers to his house.

“He added:

“I’ve been hearing the call to prayer from al-Aksa mosque all my life. How can they stop it? I hear the Shabbat siren on Fridays, and there’s no problem with it.

“Why should people be disturbed by the call to prayer? Whoever doesn’t want to hear it, can leave. The call to prayer was here before the Jews came.”

“But members of the public in favour of the bill say it will help them sleep better.

“Itamar Siani, a painter who lived in Jaffa, told ‘The Jerusalem Post’

“I’m not against praying, but the problem is noise. It disturbs people, it wakes you up, so if they lower it, what’s the problem? I hear the muezzin from my home. I hear it from the left, the right and from behind. Of course it wakes me, and sometimes the call from different mosques is not together, you’ll get one before, one after.

“It’s disturbing. It’s just like if you make a party and make noise and disturb your neighbours so that they can’t sleep.”

–‘Muslim prayer call ban blasted as ‘an attempt to erase the religion’,
ZOE EFSTATHIOU, Express (U.K.), Nov 20, 2016

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/734258/islam-muslim-prayer-call-religion-jews-jewish-jaffa-israel-jerusalem-neanyahi

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From a city in Michigan with the first Muslim-majority city council:

“The debate over the Muslim call to prayer is reverberating once again.

“At last week’s city council meeting, several residents of the Hamtramck Senior Plaza apartments on Holbrook complained about the volume level of the call to prayer coming from the ‘Ideal Islamic Center’, located across from the apartment complex.

“Jeanette Powell said she’s not complaining as a way to “bash anyone’s religion”. She said the call or prayer was broadcast at 6 a.m. and found the volume “overbearing.”

“Just turn it down a little bit.”

“Carol Marsh said not only was the call to prayer too loud, she insisted that the organizers of the center never said it would serve as a mosque.

“We were lied to”, she said. “We were told it would never be turned into a mosque.”

“But Sakrul Islam of the center…accused City Councilmember Robert Zwolak, who lives in the apartment complex, of whipping up complaints.

“He’s against Muslims”, he said.

“The center on Holbrook was not the only mosque accused of broadcasting the call too loudly. Susan Dunn, who is a candidate for city council, said the new mosque on St. Aubin St., the ‘Abu-Bakr Al-Siddique Islamic Center’, also broadcasts the call loudly. Dunn lives on Hewitt St., which is a block away from the center…

“Police Chief Max Garbarino said the way he’s been dealing with the issue is to talk with mosque leaders and ask them to turn down the volume…”

–‘Residents complain that ‘call to prayer’ is too loud’,
Charles Sercombe, Hamtramck Review, November 21, 2016

http://www.thehamtramckreview.com/residents-complain-that-call-to-prayer-is-too-loud/

Minarets and dome of Beemapally Mosque in Kerala, India

Minarets and dome of Beemapally Mosque in Kerala, India

From India:
PETITION to ‘BAN NOISE POLLUTION CAUSED BY MUSLIM PRAYER CALLS THROUGH LOUDSPEAKERS’

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/banloudspeakerscallingforadhan

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From Indonesia, 2013:

“The Indonesian government is planning to ban mosques from using loudspeakers to broadcast religious sermons, following complaints of noise by residents living near worship places…

“In February, an Indonesian man won a lawsuit against a local mosque in Banda Aceh over noisy speakers. However, the man was forced to withdraw his lawsuit after threats from radicals

“We must not force something that we believe is good on others who may see it as a disturbance”, said Masdar Masudi, deputy head of the Council of Mosques. “Even Muslims, such as those who are ill or have insomnia, will definitely get annoyed at the noise.”

“If people come to the mosque it means they need to hear the sermon, but it’s not clear whether anonymous people outside the mosque need to hear it or not”, he said.People outside might not agree with the fiery preaching.”

“Masdar also argued that the use of amplifications in broadcasting sermons would reveal the “secret of Islam”.

If it’s being heard outside, it would strip us naked. People will know all the good and bad information about us.”

“Mosque loudspeakers have sparked debates in a number of Muslim countries over the noise caused by the amplifications, particularly during Ramadan.

Last year, Saudi authorities banned small mosques from using loudspeakers to call for prayers during the fasting month.”

http://islamstory.com/en/indonesia-mosques-banned-loudspeakers

Minaret on the roof of a Turkish cultural centre in Wangen bei Olten

Minaret on the roof of a Turkish cultural centre in Wangen bei Olten

From 2009:
‘Swiss vote to ban construction of minarets {towers} on mosques’

“The fear is great that the minarets will be followed by the calls to prayer of the muezzin…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/29/switzerland-bans-mosque-minarets

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