The call to prayer in Islam has been sounded out aloud for centuries. Recently in South Africa a citizen took issue with the noise coming from the Islamic education centre in his neighbourhood and took the matter to court. Here we explain how the call to prayer came about, why it’s important and some of the issues around it.
In today’s episode of Pasha, Suleman Essop Dangor, emeritus professor of religion at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, discusses the call to prayer. He also responds to the question of whether there is Islamophobia in the country.
Photo Four mosque loudspeakers on a post on a rooftop for playing the Islamic call to prayer. By alexreynolds found on Shutterstock.