The Blue Mosque in New-West Amsterdam wants to become the first mosque in Amsterdam to amplify their call to prayer with loudspeakers. This would only apply to the Friday call to prayer.
On their Facebook page on Tuesday, the Blue Mosque announced that they wanted to amplify their Friday call to prayer. Their reason for doing so is to normalise Islam, and to make it a more visible part of Amsterdam “Amsterdam, the most tolerant city,” is the perfect place to do this for the first time, according to the main Imam at the mosque, Yassin Elforkani.
Twitter, of course, had plenty to say about the development. Stephen de Wijn says that those who don’t live near the mosque should pay attention to what the nearby residents think- which appears to be mainly positive.
Misschien moet iedereen die niet in #Amsterdam (Nieuw-West) of in de buurt van ‘n #moskee woont zijn PVV-gevormde mening voor zich houden. Wellicht vinden de mensen in de buurt het wel lekker; “hé, is het al zo laat? Bijna het #vrijdaggebed gemist”. #blauwemoskee #liveandletlive
— Stephen de Wijn (@Stephen_de_Wijn) October 8, 2019
Whereas Darry Lavid is planning on bringing his organ to Marrakesh to normalise the Dutch culture.
— Darry Lavid ?? (@DarryLavidNL) October 9, 2019
In the same post, the mosque says that they want to talk to local residents about this decision. The meeting will be this Sunday at 5pm in the mosque. Some people who were asked in the street about this change by AT5 said they would need to get used to it. Others were positive about the change.
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