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Mufti: Jerusalem municipality to require quieter call to prayer
Published Sunday 02/03/2014 (updated) 05/03/2014 11:19
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli municipal authorities in Jerusalem are planning to require mosques to lower the volume of the Muslim call to prayer, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem said in a statement Sunday.

"Mosques in Palestine in general and in Jerusalem in particular have been targets of a vicious campaign by the occupation authorities," Muhammad Hussein said in the statement.

The mufti condemned the plans, saying that Muslim authorities were the only ones who had the right to intervene in mosque affairs.

"The occupation authorities make light of all heavenly laws and international law as they follow a systematic plan designed to efface all Arab and Palestinian landmarks in Palestine and replace them with Jewish landmarks."

Palestinian officials frequently condemn what they refer to as the "Judaization of Jerusalem" on the part of Israeli authorities, who they say engage in discriminatory policies that discriminate against Palestinian residents and seek to encourage their departure from the city. East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

Israeli authorities sometimes limit the Muslim call the prayer in other parts of the Palestinian territories, particularly in Hebron where Jewish settlers have taken over properties in the city center.

Israeli forces forbade the Islamic call for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in the month of January because it "annoyed" Jewish settlers, according to an official from the Palestinian Authority ministry of endowments.
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1 ) light of all heavenly laws / lolol
02/03/2014 17:14
according to whose hevens"????

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
02/03/2014 20:00
Same problem in all other countries where mosques competitively up the volume to be the first and loudest to call to prayer, often in violation of noise abatement laws. Israel does not forbid the muezzin's call over loudspeakers, but limits it to something reasonable under 120 db.

3 ) Mel / USA
02/03/2014 22:41
As a secular Christian,&pro-pluralist,I'd be happy if Muslims went to their windows & shout out,en masse,their prayer call.It's as beautiful as church bells.Freedom to practice/express religion is an inalienable right to all humans.Palestinians know well,that Zionism would burn the mosques down,in a Zionist Kristallnacht, if it was allowed to by USG.Zionists want to raze Al-Aqsa to the ground.So it won't stop,until any call to prayer is silenced totally.Turn the volume UP!Annoy the Zionists,LOL

4 ) Too / Loud
02/03/2014 23:34
Quran does not say anything about loudspeakers.

5 ) Khalid Maali / Egypt
03/03/2014 00:20
The adh?n should merely be recited in a loud and clear voice, amplification through public broadcasting speakers is not required.

6 ) Dimi / Germany
03/03/2014 18:27
The muezzins should take care of those pewople who do not want to be disturbed in their daily life. Consequently, they should use their voice and not loudspeaker.

7 ) Saburah / Misri
03/03/2014 23:59
5 - Khalid, do you live in one of the villages where the electricity cuts out all the time? If so, I do take your point. We are lucky, in Cairo we can hear the muezzins calling all the time through the amplified speakers. The best time is at dawn.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/03/2014 03:48
To Brian Cohen #2: '...Israel does not forbid the muezzin's call over loudspeakers, but limits it to something reasonable under 120 db.' For now, eh?

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/03/2014 03:51
To Briian Cohen #2: Oh yeah. You said, 'Israel does not forbid the muezzin's call over loudspeakers.' The article says, 'Israeli forces forbade the Islamic call for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in the month of January because it "annoyed" Jewish settlers.' How do you square those two statements?

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/03/2014 03:53
To Too #4: 'Quran does not say anything about loudspeakers.' The Quran doesn't say anything about Kosher Nazis invading Palestine and herding the indigenous population into walled ghettos either. I guess some exegesis is called for in both cases.

11 ) Outlier / USA
05/03/2014 18:19
Let both Muslims and Jews do prayers as God intended. No amplification at all (no bullhorns, no speakers), just the sound of the human voice reaching towards heaven.
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