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New York City mosques to broadcast Muslim call to prayer

Mosques in New York City can now broadcast the Muslim call to prayer at prescribed times without obtaining a permit.

The new guidance permits mosques to amplify the call to prayer between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm on Fridays and at the time of evening (Maghrib) prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, according to a news release issued by city on Tuesday.  

The directive was introduced despite sound restrictions in city neighborhoods. 

"Today, we are cutting red tape and saying clearly that mosques and houses of worship are free to amplify their call to prayer on Fridays and during Ramadan without a permit necessary,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. 

“We want our brothers and sisters of Muslim faith to know that they are free to live their faith in New York City because, under the law, we will all be treated equally,” he added. 

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) Community Affairs Bureau and Muslim faith leaders will collaborate with mosques to communicate the new directive to local community leaders and stakeholders, ensuring sound devices for broadcasting are set at appropriate decibel levels and in accordance with relevant rules. 


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