Minneapolis Permits First Broadcasting of Muslim Call to Prayer During Locked-Down Ramadan

A mosque in Minneapolis was granted permission to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer, adhan, five times per day during Ramadan, in a first for the Minnesota city, local media reported.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed a noise permit to allow the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque to perform adhan five times each day through a loudspeaker onto Fifth Street and Cedar Avenue in the Riverside neighborhood, which has a large Somali population.

This video, shared by Abdi Khalif, shows the solemn moment Ahmed Jamal stood atop the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque at sunset to sing the prayer call on Thursday, April 23, the first night of Ramadan. The prayer calls will be performed throughout the month of Ramadan.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Minnesota, who supported the mosque’s permit effort, shared a video of the adhan on Friday. Credit: Abdi Khalif via Storyful