Uzbekistan Allows Call to Prayer on Loudspeakers
The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than a decade begun ringing to the sound of the call to prayer.
The last time the Kukcha mosque in Tashkent blared the summons over its loudspeakers was back in 2005.
Karim Burkhanov, a journalist who lives near the mosque, told EurasiaNet.org that he heard the first azan early in the morning of November 5. For believers, this is a landmark event.
According to Uzbek-language news website azon.uz, the first call to prayer over loudspeaker was heard on November 1 from Tashkent’s Minor mosque. The same even has been reported in the cities of Andijan and Ferghana.
Talk of resuming the practice had come up at a meeting of the parastatal Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Uzbekistan on October 26 that was attended by imams from all over the country. Proponents of permitting the summons over loudspeakers have argued that it would help reduce sinfulness.
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