Rwanda bans Muslim morning prayers, Adhan, over noise pollution
Rwanda Muslims suffer as government bans morning prayers

The sudden ruling to restrict the night Muslim call to prayer known as Adhan was put into account by Rwanda's Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) causing environmental pollution concerns voiced by the public.


The practice of mounting loudspeakers atop mosque minarets began in Asia in the 1930s and quickly expanded around the world. Every day, five calls are made to call the faithful to their five daily prayers.



Residents have complained about the earliest call to prayer, which occurs between 04:30 and 04:49 and lasts roughly two or three minutes, according to Rwandan officials.


Rwanda Muslims suffer as government bans morning prayers


However, some Muslims in the country have opposed the restriction, claiming that the call to prayer is an integral part of their faith.


"We are dissatisfied... During Ramadan, it is adhan that signals the start of fasting, and not all Muslims in Rwanda have alarm clocks," says Nuhu Bihibindi, a local.


"Just like they urge bars to regulate the volume on their music," Ms. Mukamabano argues, the government could have simply told mosques to turn down the sound.


"Adhan is our culture, our faith; prohibiting it upsets Muslims; not having it during Ramadan is much more difficult," she explains.


Rwanda Muslims suffer as government bans morning prayers


Issa Karim Mugabo, a Kigali native, says he and others are thinking about bringing the government to court.


"We are dissatisfied... During Ramadan, it is adhan that signals the onset of abstinence, and not all Muslims in Rwanda have devices," says Nuhu Bihibindi, a local.


"Just like they urge bars to regulate the volume on their music," Ms. Mukamabano argues, the government could have simply told mosques to turn down the sound.


"Adhan is our culture, our faith; prohibiting it upsets Muslims; not having it during Ramadan is much more difficult," she explains.


Issa Karim Mugabo, a Kigali native, says he and others are thinking about bringing the government to court.

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