Muslim elders at an Oxford mosque have said they intend to push ahead with plans to broadcast a call to prayer from a loudspeaker despite fierce opposition. A spokesman for the Central Mosque said that sounding the call to prayer is a traditional part of the religion.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Susan K) Local residents have attacked the idea saying it would disrupt the peace and turn the area into a ‘Muslim ghetto’. If granted, they would broadcast a two-minute long call three times a day from the Central Mosque, where up to 700 people gather to worship every Friday.
The idea has gained support from the ‘dhimmi’ Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, who last week said those in opposition to the idea should “relax” and “enjoy community diversity.” (Idiot)
Residents have said the main objection is the loud amplification of the broadcast. Elizabeth Mills, 56, said: “We don’t have a problem with the Imam climbing to the top of the minaret and shouting. “But we object to electronic amplification. The Bishop of Oxford might say it’s ok but he doesn’t have to listen to it.” Dr Allan Chapman, 61, who lives near the building, said: “The response against this has been incredible, we have been indundated with calls ranging from stiff upper lip outrage to sheer screaming fury. “The universal message is what an utter cheek to inflict this on a non-Muslim area of Oxford. If this application goes forward then a large number of angry people are poised to form an opposition to it.”
Residents, who packed out a council meeting last month to signal their outrage, remain set against the plan which they say is an “un-neighbourly intrusion”. They said they would rally to block the proposal when it is submitted to the council in nine months time, when construction on the mosque is complete.
Dr Chapman added the broadcast is not to comparable to the ringing of church bells because: “They are just a signal. The Muslim call is a theological statement.”
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