Minneapolis, Minnesota became at least the third U.S. city to allow public calls for prayer five times a day for its Muslim community. Pushed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and supported by Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, the campaign secured a noise permit during the month of Ramadan.
Now local residents living in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood will hear a publicly broadcast call to prayer five times a day from sunrise (around 6 am) until sunset (around 8:15 pm).
In the following podcast, Ilhan Omar’s challenger for Minneapolis’ 5th Congressional District, Dalia Al-Aqidi, joins Clarion’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi for a candid conversation about the public call to prayer.
Al-Aqidi exposes the CAIR agenda behind the campaign and sheds light on the dubious history of the mosque involved, Dal Al-Hijrah.
In February, Clarion Project covered a New Jersey city’s approval for public broadcasts for calls to prayer. At the time, our National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi offered a four-point checklist that future cities should consider before casting an emotional vote in support of public calls to prayer.
- As much as I’m comfortable with the Muslim call to prayer, do I want to hear this broadcast in public, five times a day, beginning at the crack of dawn and hearing a version that I have no control over? No.
- Do parents with young children, trying to keep them asleep for as long as possible, want to hear a crack-of-dawn broadcast? No.
- Does the increasing number of individuals who work remotely from their homes want to have their work day forcefully interrupted with amplified, scheduled intermissions echoing a call to prayer that can last a few minutes? No.
- In the age of trigger awareness and sensory issues, it’s tone deaf to not realize that some people will be triggered by the more aggressive call to prayer, while others dealing with sensory issues like discomfort from loud noises, will struggle to be in high stimulus environments with calls blasted over a loudspeaker.