- The Washington Times
Friday, April 24, 2020

Muslims in Minneapolis say they are thrilled with a “historic” moment for the community — a call to prayer called the adhan echoing throughout a major U.S. city.

Imam Abdisalam Adam, who is on the board of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, along with others spoke with Al Jazeera on Friday about the Ramadan milestone.

“There’s definitely a lot of excitement. Some people see it as historic,” he said Friday. 

Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the adhan will give members of the community “solace” while dealing with coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

“If we cannot be physically together, at least this echo, this voice, this call to prayer can be an extension of us being together at this difficult time,” he told Al Jazeera.

A noise permit was granted for the prayer, although locals say more can be done for the Muslim community.

“Right now, we’re waiting for a bailout for our micro-businesses who comprise our Somali malls, or a rent freeze for neighborhood residents,” Ramla Bile said.

The Muslim holy month started Thursday and runs through May 23.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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