February 20 – World Day of Social Justice

Many modern displays of xenophobia, racism and intolerance are based on social and economic reasons evoking people to find persons responsible for problems among those who are different by their colour of skin, language, religion or culture.


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.