Germany: Cologne allows mosques to send calls to prayer every Friday


Authorities in the German city Cologne have given mosques permission to send calls to prayer every Friday.

The decision was made after the Cologne city administration and the Muslim community had agreed on the broadcast Prayers over loudspeaker on Friday afternoon.

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Authorities in the German city Cologne have given mosques permission to send calls to prayer every Friday.

The decision was made after the Cologne city administration and the Muslim community had agreed on the broadcast Prayers over loudspeaker on Friday afternoon.

The new initiative enables everyone Mosques in Cologne, to send the call to prayer for five minutes on Friday between 12 and 3 p.m.

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Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker Allowing prayers is a “sign of respect”. “This shows that diversity is valued and lived in Cologne,” Reker continued.

City officials said mosques must adhere to volume limits speaker during prayers and the local authorities should be informed in advance.

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“When we hear the call of the muezzin in addition to the sound of church bells, it shows that diversity is valued and lived in Cologne,” said Reker.

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There are almost 4.5 million Muslims in Germany, most of whom are supposed to be from Turkey.

The new initiative will run for two years and will be re-evaluated later.

(With input from the agency)

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