Paterson: 3rd US city greenlights Muslim call to prayer

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The third-largest city in the U.S. state of New Jersey has approved the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast over loudspeakers.

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The city council of the city of Paterson made the move in a 5-4 vote late Tuesday, with the support of Maritza Davila, the council president.

The measure allows the adhan, or call to prayer, to go out over speakers from mosques between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a maximum decibel level and the time allotted to not exceed five minutes.

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Davila told Anadolu Agency that she supported the bill “with the idea of equal freedom for everyone.”

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The vote made Paterson the third city in the U.S. allowing the call to prayer, following Hamtramck and Dearborn, both in Michigan, a Midwestern Great Lakes state.

Paterson has some 30,000 Muslim residents in a population of about 146,000. (Anadolu Agency)

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