Hundreds of people gathered at a local mosque in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England, to celebrate the first outdoor adhan, or Muslim call to prayer.
Farooq E Azam mosque on Bowesfield Lane in Stockton became the first mosque in the North East to recite adhan from its rooftop during lockdown.
Rallying to have the ‘call to prayer’ outdoor every Friday, the community members got help from the local council to give the required permission, Gazette Live reported.
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“We want to thank the council and people who were supportive for allowing this to go ahead. A special thank you to councillor Louise Baldock and councillor Mohammed Javed,” mosque chairman Tariq Sadiq said to about 1000 people who gathered on Friday.
Vice chairman Sufi Mubeen added: “The outdoor call to prayer support spreads the message that Teesside is not the place for racism.”
The Adhan is the call to announce that it is time for a particular obligatory Salah (ritual prayer).
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