Hot! Israel Passes Meuzzin Law

The law bans Muslims from using public address systems to call for prayer

sunset mosquePhoto by Matthias Rhomberg

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation have approved a law that would ban mosques from using loudspeakers to call Muslims for prayer which occurs five times a day.

A report by Israeli news site Arutz Sheva, reports that the bill “prohibits the use of a public address system to call worshipers to prayer or to convey religious or national messages.”

The bill was proposed by MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) who is quoting as saying, “We do not intend to violate freedom of religion, but rather to prevent harm to citizens whose sleep is affected by the muezzin’s call. There are also tired students in their classrooms in the Arab sector, motorists are tired while driving, and babies awakened from their sleep [because of the muezzin’s call] even though their homes have double-paned windows installed.”

A muezzin is an appointed man who calls Muslims to prayer five times a day. The first call is set at dawn followed by one at midday, afternoon, sunset and night fall. Mosques generally use a loudspeaker to convey the message.

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