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Loudspeakers in mosques are generally used for Adhan or "call to prayer",[1] or sometimes for Khutbah or sermons. External loudspeakers are generally mounted on tall minarets. Mosque loudspeakers are used for a call to prayer, five times a day. Loudspeakers, other than external ones, are sometimes also used inside the mosque to deliver sermons or for Prayer.

External loudspeakers are often kept at a very high volume, so that the sound is heard as far as 5km.[2] In areas where more than one mosque is present, the loudspeaker sounds overlap one another,[3] especially in the early morning when sounds are more clearly heard. This noise sometimes results in people of other religions migrating away from a mosque's area in order to avoid the noise, along with other factors.[4]


There has been opposition to outdoor loudspeakers in western countries. In Cologne Mosque project in Germany the installation of loudspeakers are opposed and stopped.[5] In Oxford, UK it was opposed saying that broadcasting using loudspeakers would turn the city into a Muslim ghetto.[6] In Al-Islah Mosque Michigan, US, the installation of outdoor loudspeakers was opposed.[7]

It is even opposed, though unsuccessfully, in India where Muslims are minority.[8] Supporters of loudspeakers argue that it is freedom of religion to use them.[9]


Loudspeakers are often misused for political purposes which was opposed by govt. authorities.[10] Loudspeakers sometimes used to guide or incite the riots. Incidents reported in Acre, Israel,[11] in Indonesia,[12] near Lahore, Pakistan[13] and Nandurbar, Maharashtra state, India.[14] Pakistan even banned use of loudspeakers other than for "Call to Prayer" following a riot.[15]

See also


  1. "Adhan And Iqamat (Iqamah)". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. Riyadh (Afp) (2009-04-25). "Variety News | Saudi cracks down on blaring mosque speakers". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  3. "[IslamCity] Cairo's Dilemma Over Prayer Calls". 2005-05-09. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  4. "Hard-liners won battle for Bridgeview mosque :: IPT in the News :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  5. [1]
  6. "Mosque's plan to broadcast call to prayer from loudspeaker 'will create Muslim ghetto' | Mail Online". 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  7. Leland, John (2004-05-05). "Call to Prayer in Michigan Causes Tension". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  8. "Anti-noise crusader for curbs on loudspeaker use in mosques". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  9. "Michigan: Despite the outcry, mosque to proceed with loudspeaker call to prayer". Jihad Watch. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  10. "Mosques not to be used as political platforms". 2002-12-07. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  11. "Israel: Mosque loudspeakers used to rally Muslim rioters in Acre". Jihad Watch. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  12. "Indonesia: Urged on over mosque loudspeakers, Muslims go on rampage against students of Christian theological school to "drive out the unwanted neighbor"". Jihad Watch. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  13. "Muslim Mob Burns Down 100 Christian Homes in Pakistan « News of Persecution & Suffering « International Christian Concern". 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  14. "Mosques must get permission to install loudspeakers: Dy CM". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  15. "Pakistan limits mosque loudspeakers to call to prayer. 1/11/01. ABC News Online". Retrieved 2010-01-15. 

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