(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/23/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) and Dar All Hijrah Mosque are welcoming tonight’s historic first publicly-broadcast call to prayer, or “Adhan,” marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
MEDIA ADVISORY: The Call to Prayer Will Also Be Shown Live on CAIR-MN’s Facebook Page
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey granted a permit for Dar Ul Hijra Mosque to perform the call to prayer publicly five times a day during the month of Ramadan. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is home to one of the largest populations of Muslims in Minnesota.
The effort came together after the Dar Ul Hijra Mosque, with the support of CAIR-MN, requested a permit for the call to prayer.Additionally, First Avenue provide technical support and provided audio equipment to make the call to prayer possible.
WHAT: First Historic Public Call Prayer at Sunset Marking Beginning of Ramadan
WHEN: Today Thursday April 23, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque 504 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, Jhussein@cair.com
“Tonight’s historic call to prayer in Minneapolis will bring comfort and remind the faithful and the neighborhood that as we are physically distant we can still be connected to our faith and mosque,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
Hussein added, “We want to thank Mayor Frey and First Avenue for their support and appreciate the overwhelming support the community received from Minnesotans of all backgrounds.”
“This moment is a triumph for all people. Tonight’s adhan in Minneapolis is a signal that none of us are ever alone. It is further evidence that fear and isolation are temporary and that the opportunities for all of us to be connected in mind, body and spirit are most powerful and ever present,” said Sharif Mohamed, Imam of Dar Al-Hijra Mosque.
“Once we learned there was a need in our community to help with the public call to prayer, we coordinated with CAIR and donated PA equipment from First Avenue that is currently not in use. We are honored to be a part of this initiative to keep people safe and socially-distanced during the month of Ramadan,” said Dayna Frank, CEO of First Avenue.
Those interested in supporting the effort are encouraged to donate to the Dar Al-Hijra Mosque
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org