Mayor Eric Adams’ recommendations, which he claimed should promote inclusivity, will allow the Muslim call to prayer to be heard more freely in New York City.
According to Adams, the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, would no longer require a special authorization to be broadcast publicly by mosques on Fridays and at dusk throughout the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims traditionally break their fast around dusk on Friday, the Islamic holy day, which is also Ramadan. According to Adams, the police
The department’s community affairs section will work with mosques to inform them of the new rules and to make sure that any equipment used to broadcast the adhan is set to the proper decibel levels.
According to Adams, there has been a perception that our communities aren’t permitted to intensify their calls to prayer for a very long time.
Today, we’re removing unnecessary red tape and stating unequivocally that mosques and other places of worship are permitted to loudly announce their call to prayer on Fridays and during Ramadan without a permit.
At a City Hall press conference, Adams, who was surrounded by Muslim leaders, declared that Muslims in New York “will not live in the shadows of the American dream while I am the mayor of the city of New York.” In countries with a majority of Muslims, the adhan is a common sound, but it is less common in the United States.
Last year, Minneapolis officials made headlines when they took action to let mosques broadcast the adhan to the general public. The adhan proclaims the Prophet Muhammad to be God’s messenger and states that God is great.
One of the Five Pillars of Islam encourages men to pray five times a day at the nearest mosque; women are not compelled to do so.
The new regulations in New York City, according to Somaia Ferozi, principal of the Ideal Islamic School in Queens, send a good message to her kids.
When our children hear the adhan, Ferozi, who was present at Adams’ press conference, is reminded of who they are.
“Having that echo in a New York City neighborhood will make them feel like part of a community that acknowledges them.”
Adams, a Democrat, has advocated for the place of religion in public life and enjoys close connections with religious leaders from diverse traditions.
His statements that he doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state have occasionally concerned civil libertarians.
The body is the state. At an interfaith brunch earlier this year, Adams remarked, “The church is the heart. “The body dies if the heart is removed from it.
At the time, a representative for the mayor claimed that Adams was only implying that his actions were guided by his faith.