Mosques across Britain could sound the call to prayer through loudspeakers

Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes.

Scores of communities were allowed to use public address systems to alert the faithful during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended last night.

Several councils gave permission for the call – known as the adhan – to be broadcast each evening to help followers keep in touch with their places of worship during the lockdown.

Mosque elders are now planning to apply to councils to make the adhan a permanent fixture after Ramadan.

Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes. Pictured: Newham's Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque, in London, hopes to make the call to prayer every day

Mosques across the country could start sounding the daily call to prayer through loudspeakers following a series of unofficial pilot programmes. Pictured: Newham's Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque, in London, hopes to make the call to prayer every day

Allama Sadiq Qureshi, who is an imam at the Minhaj-ul-Quran mosque in Newham, East London, said: 'We want this practice to continue in the future.

'But at the same time, we must be bothered about our neighbours, we need their permission. If they are happy, then we are going to start it.

'Just one symbolic adhan per day, if Newham council allow us. Just one adhan at the day time, at dhuhr [afternoon prayer], then it will be really good.'

He said the Newham Muslim Forum, a local umbrella body of mosques, is considering making the application after Ramadan.

At least 25 mosques in London and dozens more across the country have joined over the past four weeks.

The initiative began when Kensington and Chelsea Council in London gave permission to the borough's biggest mosque, known as the Al-Manaar, to start broadcasting out the nightly reminder.

Scores of communities were allowed to use public address systems to alert the faithful during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended last night. Pictured: London Central Mosque, near Regents Park

Scores of communities were allowed to use public address systems to alert the faithful during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended

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