Mayor Eric Adams of New York City unveiled a significant change in policy, granting permission for the Islamic call to prayer, known as the adhan, to be broadcasted at specified times each Friday and during the holy month of Ramadan.
This new directive eliminates the requirement for Muslims to obtain a special permit to amplify their calls to prayer during Friday evenings and throughout the month of fasting.
During a press conference, Mayor Adams emphasized the need to clarify the rules regarding amplifying calls to prayer, stating, “For too long, there has been confusion about which communities were not allowed to amplify their calls to prayer.”
He went on to declare, “Today, we are cutting red tape and saying clearly that mosques and houses of worship are free to amplify their call to prayer on Fridays and during Ramadan without a permit necessary.”
The news conference was attended by representatives from various mosque associations and Muslim foundations, with Mayor Adams asserting, “You are free to practice your faith in New York City because, under the law, we are all entitled to equal treatment. Our administration takes great pride in achieving this accomplishment.”
Under the updated guidelines, mosques or masjids are permitted to broadcast the adhan every Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., as well as prior to the evening meal known as iftar throughout the month of Ramadan.
Leaders within the Muslim community expressed their gratitude to Mayor Adams and other officials for this change in policy.
As the meeting concluded, the adhan was recited from the podium, accompanied by an explanation in English. This marks a significant step toward greater religious inclusivity and freedom in New York City.