Cologne’s Central Mosque sounds call to prayer for the first time | Religion News

Authorities in Cologne final yr cleared the way in which for mosques to use for permission to name for prayer for a most 5 minutes.

The Muslim name to prayer has sounded for the primary time from one in all Germany’s largest mosques in Cologne, however at restricted quantity – as a part of a challenge agreed with authorities within the metropolis that has one of many nation’s largest Muslim communities.

Authorities in Germany’s fourth-biggest metropolis final yr cleared the way in which for mosques to use for permission to name for prayer for a most 5 minutes between midday and 3pm on Fridays, with a noise restrict being set for every mosque in keeping with its location.

The decision to prayer was not a primary for Germany however Friday’s improvement introduced it to a very outstanding mosque.

The Central Mosque, a contemporary constructing with two tall minarets, is situated on a busy street in Ehrenfeld district simply west of the town centre. The huge glass and concrete construction – designed as a flower bud – has room for 1,200 worshippers.

Run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Spiritual Affairs, or DITIB, it was inaugurated by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018.

Till now, the decision to prayer was heard solely contained in the constructing

DITIB stated an settlement for a two-year trial of the decision was made with the town on Wednesday. Authorities stated it could be broadcast by loudspeaker and be audible exterior, although it needs to be restricted to 60 decibels for close by residents.

“We’re very joyful,” Abdurrahman Atasoy, DITIB basic secretary advised reporters on Thursday. “The general public name to prayer is an indication that Muslims are at dwelling right here.”

Cologne’s mayor stated permitting the decision to prayer exhibits variety is appreciated within the metropolis.

Nonetheless, the restrictions imposed on the challenge level to the sensitivity of the topic. And the development of the Central Mosque itself drew opposition from right-wing teams, Cologne’s then-archbishop and others within the late 2000s.

Germany is dwelling to greater than 5 million Muslims, accounting for about six % of the inhabitants. Cologne, famed for its towering Dom Cathedral, counts greater than 100,000 Muslim residents.

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