The Zeenatul Islam Masjid in District Six has met with the City of Cape Town following a single complaint received by the city last month in which the mosque's athaan (call to prayer) was cited as a noise nuisance.
The complaint sparked outrage on social media and let to the mosque calling on the city to exclude calls to prayer from its noise disturbances by-law.
Fairouz Achmat-Basardien from the District 6 Civics Association says the complaint is disappointing given the diverse makeup of the Mother City.
Cape Town is a melting pot of different cultures and religions... it's about tolerance and respect for different religions and cultures.— Fairouz Achmat-Basardien, Organiser - District 6 Civics Association
If you have tolerance and you know a little bit about the culture of Cape Town... then surely you should be able to give that tolerance, that bit of respect?— Fairouz Achmat-Basardien, Organiser - District 6 Civics Association
The call to prayer cannot go, definitely not!— Fairouz Achmat-Basardien, Organiser - District 6 Civics Association
Mayco member for Community Services and Health Zahid Badroodien explains what action the city is required to take once something is recognised as being a noise nuisance.
We want to sit down with mosque leadership to discuss how we are able to mitigate the concern that has been reported.— Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member - Community Services and Health at City of Cape Town
Whether it means the muezzin (the person appointed to recite the call to prayer) who makes the athaan stands further back from the mic or whether the mosque speakers are turned away from the community.— Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member - Community Services and Health at City of Cape Town
Listen to the full interview below:
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