Jerusalem neighborhoods reach Muezzin agreement without politicians

Tawfik Elayan, the muezzin of the Rahman mosque in Beit Safafa in south Jerusalem, closes his eyes and begins to recite the Islamic call to prayer which reverberates around the neighborhood calling the Muslim faithful to pray.

But the Rahman mosque, along with the other four mosques in Beit Safafa, is somewhat unique, in that its leadership and that of the broader neighborhood has come to understandings with the communal leadership of nearby Gilo to reduce the volume of the call to prayer broadcast over the loudspeakers on the mosque’s minaret five times a day.


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