Mayor Frey, community leaders take steps to help residents maintain safe physical distance during Ramadan

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey along with leadership from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque are taking steps to help residents maintain a safe physical distance during Ramadan by broadcasting Adhan (“Call to Prayer”).

Beginning the first day of Ramadan on April 23 and lasting the duration of the month-long holy holiday, prayer from the mosque will be played over loudspeaker in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and expected to reach thousands of residents. The broadcast will allow residents to maintain safe physical distance for prayer.  

This week, Frey facilitated the noise permit for the request.

“At a time when physical distancing requires we pray apart, it’s incumbent on leaders to create a sense of togetherness where we can,” said Frey. “Adhan provides solidarity and comfort – both of which are essential during a time of crisis. As our Muslim community prepares for Ramadan, we hope the broadcast will offer a measure of stability and reassure our entire city that we are all very much in this together.” 

The speaker will be located outside the mosque at South Fifth Street and Cedar Avenue and played at volumes consistent with City regulations, reaching thousands of residents in Cedar-Riverside.

"This historic effort to promote religious inclusion -- offering the call to prayer in Cedar Riverside Community -- will be welcomed by the Muslim community and all those who value diversity and mutual understanding,'' said CAIR-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The call to prayer will be especially meaningful to the many senior citizens in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood who have been isolated due to the pandemic. It will help them feel more connected to their community and mosque in this sacred month.” 

Keeping with the Muslim tradition, the call to prayer will be sounded five times per day, beginning at sunrise and ending shortly after sunset.

“All over the world Muslims understand and feel great comfort in the public call to prayer,” said Imam Sharif Mohamed of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque.  “In this time of fear and isolation, the Muslim communities of Minnesota benefit from a city that honors and loves all of its diversity.”  

 

Published Apr 21, 2020

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