Posted on April 23, 2020

Coronavirus in Minnesota: Call to Prayer to Be Broadcasted 5 Times Daily in Minneapolis During Ramadan

Reg Chapman, CBS Minnesota, April 21, 2020

Community and city leaders in Minneapolis are going the extra mile to make sure those who observe Ramadan are safe.


Ramadan begins on Thursday, in the midst of the state’s stay-at-home order. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says the city worked with leaders in the Muslim community to have the “call to prayer” broadcast by speaker five times a day in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

“We want to make sure that people can practice their religion, yes, but it can’t conflict with the overarching public health guidelines,” Frey said. “It allows people to stay together even when they’re praying apart, and we want to make sure that we’re doing proper social distancing and physical distancing in particular.”

Cedar-Riverside has a large Muslim population. {snip}


The broadcast will be generated from the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, and organizers expect it will reach thousands of residents from sunrise to shortly after sunset.