Well, this seems like important news.
The city of Minneapolis Minnesota is going to be the first major US city to publicly broadcast an Islamic call to prayer over loudspeakers throughout the city.
From the AP story:
The chant in Arabic blasted from rooftop loudspeakers, drowning out both the growl of traffic from nearby interstates and the chatter and clinking glasses on the patio of the dive bar that shares a wall with Minneapolis' oldest Somali mosque.
Dozens of men in fashionably ripped jeans or impeccably ironed kameez tunics rushed toward the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque. Teens clutched smartphones, and some of the older devout shuffled in with the aid of walkers from the high-rise complex across the street where thousands of Somalis live.
This spring Minneapolis became the first large city in the United States to allow the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, to be broadcast publicly by its two dozen mosques.
There's a huge Somali community in Minneapolis, and it's not a surprise to see that they are having such a huge impact.
But let me tell ya, I've been to the Middle East and there is nothing like being woken up at 5 in the morning to some dude screaming "GOD IS GREAT" at the top of his lungs.
This call to prayer has been featured in smaller cities like the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, but this is going to be the first of its kind in a major American city.
Americans have long debated the place of religious sound in public, especially when communities are transformed by migration, said Isaac Weiner, a scholar of religious studies at Ohio State University.
I wonder how Isaac would feel about church bells.
"What we take for granted and what stands out is informed by who we think of ourselves as a community," he said. "We respond to sounds based on who's making them."
That's especially true when the sound is not a bell or a horn, but spoken words, as in the adhan.
"Hearing that voice, it's a connection to God even if at work or in the fields or a classroom," said Abdisalam Adam, who often prays at Dar Al-Hijrah. "It's a balance of this world and the hereafter."
This is just a reminder that Islamic theology says the entire world must be subjugated before the end times, and just like the wokies, they seem to take their evangelism and nation-building far more seriously than Christians these days!!
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