Update on the Hamtramck Call to Prayer Controversy

February 23, 2005

Source: The Detroit News


On February 23, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "nearly a year after the call-to-prayer controversy thrust Hamtramck into the center of a national debate, some non-Muslim residents say they don't mind the two-minute broadcasts. Others fear a loss of the community's roots as a home to Christian Eastern European immigrants... The controversy peaked nearly a year ago when the City Council unanimously approved the mosque's application to broadcast the calls, a Muslim tradition practiced worldwide for 1,400 years. Things have quieted down, both sides say. There are no protests or angry outbursts outside the mosque, but there are raised eyebrows in the neighborhood."