Posted on March 29, 2022

Minneapolis Council OKs Mosques to Broadcast Public Call to Prayer

Adam Duxter, WCCO, March 26, 2022

Mosques in Minneapolis will now be able to broadcast the “Adhan,” or public call for prayer, multiple times each day.

In a move pushed for by Councilmember Jamal Osman, mosques will not need to apply for permits to broadcast outside their doors if noise ordinances are followed.

“This is huge. This is huge to many people who call Minneapolis home,” Osman said.

Prior to the change, many members of Minneapolis’ Muslim community relied on alarms and timers to know the proper time to pray – a practice done five times throughout each day.

“In our faith, it is obligatory,” said Yusuf Abdulle, executive director of the Islamic Association of North America.

The Adhan, which uses repeated phrases such as “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great” will allow for Muslims near the mosque to know prayer time is soon to arrive.