The event, which concerns a mosque inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018, follows a decision by the German city’s town hall last year.
The central mosque in Cologne, one of Germany’s largest cities, will broadcast the muezzin’s call to prayer from Friday, although the volume and frequency of announcements will be reduced. From the Tidip Mosque, located in the Ehrenfeld district (northwest) of the city, the muezzin’s call is sounded for five minutes between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m., depending on the position of the sun.
This is a pilot project carried out with the city of Cologne, specifically requiring religious authorities to inform residents and limit the volume of the call, which should only be audible in the area near the mosque.
Henriette Recker, mayor of the metropolis of more than a million people, famous for its Gothic cathedral, sees the initiative as “A sign of respect“and”An example of mutual acceptance of religion“. Several German cities have already given the green light to these types of calls, especially in the country’s most populous region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
«We are very pleased with this agreement with the city of Cologne. The public call to prayer is the hallmark of Muslims“, praised local newspaper Abdurrahman Atasoy, vice president of the Turkish-Islamic Religious Affairs Union (TDP). “This is an important step in considering Muslim religious communities as part of society“, he argued.
Inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018, the mosque, with its 55-meter high minarets and a massive 36-meter dome, is one of the most impressive in Europe. Located in the Ehrenfeld district, not far from the Cologne TV tower, its area reaches 4500 m2.
The city has about 100,000 Muslims, or 10% of its population. The plan drew criticism, particularly fueled by Tidi’s ties to Ankara.
Ddip is constantly accused in Germany of protecting the interests of Turkish President Erdogan’s regime as he runs 900 places of worship in Germany with Turkish imams. His detractors say he is spying on opponents of the Turkish president. There are 5.3 to 5.6 million Muslims in Germany, or 6.4 to 6.7% of the population.
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