Germany’s Largest Mosque Broadcast the Call to Prayer on Fridays.
Germany’s largest mosque will be allowed to broadcast the call to prayer over loudspeakers on Friday afternoon, after an agreement between the city of Cologne and the Muslim community to ease restrictions, the city said on Monday.
Germany is the country where around 4.5 million Muslims lived. And Germany is also considered in countries which have the largest religious minority group.
There are 35 mosques in Cologne and now all the mosques will be allowed to broadcast the call to prayer for up to five minutes on Fridays between noon and 3 pm, under a two-year initiative. Cologne Central Mosque is also included, which was opened in 2018 after becoming a flashpoint for the anti-Muslim sentiment from far-right parties, particularly following an influx of asylum seekers in 2015-2016.
Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker wrote on Twitter "Allowing the muezzin call is for me a sign of respect."
She added that “It shows that diversity is appreciated.”
The city said mosques seeking to broadcast the call on Friday afternoons would have to comply with limits on the volume of their loudspeakers and notify neighbors in advance.