Good news has just been received by Muslims in New York City, United States. The city, led by Mayor Eric Adams, allows mosques to make the call to prayer every Friday, between 12.30 and 13.30, without having to apply for permission first.
The new guidelines were issued by the New York City government on Tuesday (29/8/2023). These guidelines also allow the call to prayer to be made in the evening at sunset, during the month of Ramadan.
“Today we are cutting red tape and stating clearly that mosques or any places of worship do not need to apply for a permit for the Friday call to prayer. "You are free to live your beliefs in NYC," said the Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, quoted by CNN, as reported by CNN Indonesia.
Reported by the Associated Press, the Public Affairs Bureau at the Police Department will later work with mosques to inform them of the new guidelines and ensure that the devices used to broadcast the call to prayer are set at appropriate decibel levels. Mayor Adams also said the call to prayer can be broadcast at up to 10 decibels above the noise level in the neighborhood.
Accompanied by Muslim leaders at a press conference at City Hall, Adams insisted New York's Muslim citizens would not live in the "shadow of the American dream" as long as he was mayor of New York City.