Detroit Citizens Protest Muslim Call to Prayer

April 14, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

On April 14, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "A request by Muslims to allow mosques to use loudspeakers for the call to prayer has prompted a backlash among some of their mostly white, Christian neighbors. They are circulating a petition opposing the request by the Al-Islah Islamic Center for a change in the city noise ordinance. The Muslim call to prayer occurs five times a day between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. 'When you call to prayer, you are proselytizing, and as a citizen of the United States, I don't want to hear it,' Bob Golen, 68, said at a City Council hearing Tuesday. Caroline Zarski, 81, agreed. 'It is not my God. My God is Jesus Christ. I don't want this noise invading my home at 10 p.m.,' she said. Still, Council President Karen Majewski said the proposed amendment is likely to pass next week in this separate municipality inside Detroit. Muslim speakers said they often hear church bells as early as 6 a.m. They said the call to prayer would be less noisy."