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February 7, 2018

Court in Germany banned broadcasting call to prayer

The Gelsenkirchen administrative court resolved that the mosque in the town of Oer-Erkenschwick is no longer able to broadcast the call to prayer on Fridays, Reuters informs. 

The complaint was submitted by a Christian couple living in the town of Oer-Erkenschwick stating that the call violates their religious rights. 

The couple lives 1 km from the mosque. 

Huseyin Turgut, the mosque’s representative, is disappointed with the court’s judgment. 

“The call to prayer lasts for two minutes, just around 1 p.m., but only on Fridays,” he said. 

“We’ve never had any complaints and we have German neighbors who are much closer – just 10 meters away,” he added. 

It is known that the anti-Muslim sentiments and the support of anti-immigration policy increased in many corners of Germany after the inflow of more than a million migrants from Iraq, Syria and other mostly Muslim countries starting from 2015.