MI: Calls to Prayer Signal Change



Call to Prayer

Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. I bear witness that there is
no God but Allah. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah. I bear
witness that Muhammad is messenger of Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad
is messenger of Allah. Come to prayer. Come to prayer. Come to success.
Come to success. (Only in morning call: Prayer is better than sleep. Prayer
is better than sleep.) Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There
is no God but Allah.

Source: Al-Islah Islamic Center

HAMTRAMCK -- The New Martha Washington Bakery sells paczki around the clock
on Fat Tuesday, one of the old-world traditions that help define this town.

This year, as Christians arrived at the bakery to prepare for the Lenten
season, they were reminded of how much the community has changed. As it has
since May, the Al-Islah Islamic Center on Caniff was broadcasting a call
for prayer five times a day in Arabic.

Nearly a year after the call-to-prayer controversy thrust Hamtramck into
the center of a national debate, some non-Muslim residents say they don't
mind the two-minute broadcasts. Others fear a loss of the community's roots
as a home to Christian Eastern European immigrants...

Things have quieted down, both sides say. There are no protests or angry
outbursts outside the mosque, but there are raised eyebrows in the
neighborhood.

The city initially turned down the mosque's request in 2003, said Abdul
Motlib, president of the Al-Islah Islamic Center. When it was approved last
March, residents packed the City Council chambers for a public hearing. The
broadcasts started in May, but the conflict grew. "Oh, last year at this
time, Hamtramck was hot, hot, hot," Motlib said Tuesday. "But now,
everything is cool."

Motlib and members of his congregation said they have few critics who
haven't caused any problems.

The city hasn't received any formal complaints since the vote, the clerk's
office said.

"Nobody bothers us, and we follow the rules and regulations -- our volume
is regulated," said Muhammed Muyeen Uddin, the mosque's imam

 


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