Mosque requests permission to broadcast call to prayer

Harrow Central Mosque has applied for planning permission to broadcast the call to prayer every Friday evening for three months.

The mosque said the temporary move was in response to the Covid-19 crisis and a way of reaching out to people of all faiths who are currently unable to pray or gather together.

When planning permission for the mosque on the corner of Rosslyn Crescent and Station Road was granted this was on the condition that “no music or any other amplified sound” could be heard by residents living near the mosque.

However, mosque leaders have asked for a temporary lifting of this restriction during the coronavirus pandemic.

If the plan is agreed by Harrow Council the call to prayer – or Adhan – will be broadcast from eight speakers at 6pm every Friday night for three months.

However, the planning application asks for flexibility to extend this beyond three months should “the pandemic and circumstances justify it”.

The planning application states that the call to prayer will last no longer than three to five minutes.

Meanwhile, the wording will be tweaked to call on people to pray where they are at home rather than coming to the mosque.

Mosque leaders said the initiative was designed to “provide a spiritually uplifting experience to the whole community”.

“The initiative is to reinforce Harrow’s legacy of strong community ties and for all faiths to come together,” said the application document.

The aim was to “lift the community’s spirits and to address the strong sense of isolation felt by many of our community in these difficult times” and was for “people of all religions or of none”.

However, some residents have expressed concern about the noise and that the move could pave the way for a permanent call to prayer.

Residents are being invited to comment on the plans via Harrow Council’s website.

The plans can be viewed by typing in the application reference: P/1528/20

NB: We have decided to disable the comment function on this topic due to the volume of comments received and the fact we are a tiny organisation staffed by volunteers and not qualified to moderate the content. Please make comments on the planning application itself or email them to the planning department.

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