Mosques across Great Britain could start sounding the daily Islamic call to prayer through loudspeakers after they were given permission to broadcast the adhan during the holy month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The initiative, spearheaded by the London council of Kensington and Chelsea, gave permission to the Al-Manaar mosque — the largest mosque in the area — to broadcast the call to prayer every night during Ramadan.
The daily broadcast, which was previously illegal due to noise pollution laws, was then adopted by the Waltham Forest Council in northeast London, which allowed nine mosques to sound the call.
With the end of Ramadan on Friday evening, Islamic groups are hoping to make the adhan a permanent fixture in the U.K.
Although leaders of the Muslim faith say they have received "positive responses overall," some Christian leaders believe the call asserts one religion over another.
"There is no doubt that in Muslim countries, Christians are not allowed to broadcast any call to prayer or act of worship. In many Muslim countries, Christians are heavily persecuted," said a spokesperson for the religious charity Christian Concern. "Here in the U.K. we allow freedom of worship and freedom of religion, as we should. But freedom of worship does not need to extend to broadcasting a proclamation that Allah is greater and that there is no god but Allah."