Recently within the UK, a petition was submitted to Parliament to allow the call to prayer to sound from Mosques all over the UK.
The government responded to the petition:
“Anyone wishing to discuss public calls to worship should speak to their local authority.”
The government didn’t respond favorably to the national request for the call to prayer. Many non-Muslims may be mistaken thinking the matter is resolved, the rules within Islam do not ascribe to this notion.
Within Islam it is a collective duty for Muslims to strive to establish the call to prayer in the local area. The requirement is a mosque within hearing distance; although not every mosque in that locality. Part of the Muslim community are required to make a localised push for the call to prayer, if this is not adhered to, then the responsibility falls upon all, the same rule is required for Jihad.
The call to prayer (In Arabic, Adhan/Azan, which translates to Announcement) is a vocalised order for Muslims to go to prayer. In modern day, loudspeakers are commonly used to announce the Adhan, minarets on mosques are required for the purpose of the Adhan, as it is the highest place at the mosque.
Before loudspeakers were invented, Church bells would drown out the Adhan; when an area was conquered by Muslims, the Church bells were often taken as war booty, destroyed or the whole church itself would be destroyed. An example of this is, the bells of Santiago details Compostela, of Al-Andalus, the former Islamic Spain.
The Adhan is always pronounced in Arabic, it is also used for other public announcements.
The Adhan has been used to announce Jihad in the past, this was a method which started in the days of Muhammad. As most non-Muslims do not speak Arabic, this presents an issue from the outset because they will not be able to understand what is being announced.
The Adhan was established by Muhammad, due to people missing prayer, such as forgetting or falling asleep.
The words to the Adhan in English are as follows:
“Allah is Most Great. Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great. Allah is Most Great, I testify that there is no god except Allah, I testify that there is no god except Allah, I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, Come to prayer, Come to prayer, Come to success, Come to success, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, There is no god except Allah.”
There can be slight variations in the words of the Adhan, depending on the time it is sounded.
Within the Adhan, the following is displayed.
- The belief that Allah is superior to any other God.
- Islamic monotheism and to proclaim there is no right to worship anyone but Allah, which is the aim of Islam.
- Everything in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Muhammad are to be lived by.
- An order is made to go to prayer, it not a choice, as prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam which are obligatory.
- Belief in the superiority of Islam.
The Adhan is sounded before and at the commencement of prayer at a mosque, at five specified times every day according to the position of the sun. In the summer this starts as early as 3:30-4:00 am and can be as late as 9:30-10 pm in the evening.
This could present issues for people with:
- Children and babies,
- The elderly.
- People with anxiety, mental health issues or confusion.
It could disturb peoples normal sleeping patterns and someone who has not submitted to Islam should not be subject to the noise pollution and the display of Islamic dominance.
There are several arguments presented for allowing the Adhan, one commonly used is:
“Christians are allowed to ring church bells.”
Within Islamic Law it is detailed within Ahl Al Dhimma (non-Muslim subjects of an Islamic state) non-Muslims are not permitted to ring church bells, churches aren’t permitted to be built, nor churches repaired.
This occurs when Muslims have established Islamic rule after non-Muslims have surrendered their rights as equal citizens and live under Islamic rule, paying a personal tax (Jizyah) to rent their right to life for one year, and a land tax (Kharaj) to stay in their land.
Although Jizyah and Kharaj were abolished within the previous Caliphate, the Islamic State have reintroduced Jizyah tax in the lands which they have control in.
Using this argument could result in Church bells being silenced, due to the pressure from Muslims, plus non-Muslims legitimising their own subjugation; although not through the actions of Islamic law, but through secular law.
As the Islamic community grows in strength and numbers, Muslims will gain further power within central and local government. This will see laws being changed to further the growth of power, plus investment to the local Muslim communities will accelerate this.
On this premise, it is inevitable we see the advent of the Adhan being widespread across western non-Islamic lands.
Church bells do not sound as often as they previously did in Europe. Some are already being silenced; the reason currently given is health and safety violations.
Islam gains strength and power by imposing increasing demands for “freedom of religion”. This is just one of the tactics used.
The Adhan is already present within some Muslim majority areas within the UK.
Twenty years ago in a western secular land, this eventuality would have been unheard of; now the request for the call to prayer as a widespread national occurrence has been presented to parliament.