Ghana or­ders mosques, churches to use Whats app for prayer calls

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

AC­CRA [GHANA]: The au­thor­i­ties of Ghana’s cap­i­tal Ac­cra on Satur­day or­dered the mosques and churches to re­strict the use of the loud­speak­ers and in­stead make use of the so­cial net­work­ing ap­pli­ca­tion What­sApp to ini­ti­ate prayer calls to the peo­ple.The main rea­son be­hind the move is to curb the noise pol­lu­tion in the ur­ban ar­eas.Of­ten the places of wor­ship at­tract heavy move­ment of traf­fic and a mas­sive gath­er­ing of the pedes­tri­ans. In ad­di­tion to that, the church bells and prayer calls add to the noise pol­lu­tion adding to the woes of the peo­ple re­sid­ing nearby, as re­ported by the Ger­man me­dia group Deutsche Welle.Ghana’s en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Kwabena Frim­pong-Boateng jus­ti­fied this move by say­ing that Imam would be send­ing What­sApp mes­sages to the peo­ple in­form­ing them of the time of the prayer."Why is it that time for prayer can­not be trans­mit­ted with a text mes­sage or What­sApp? So the imam would send What­sApp mes­sages to ev­ery­body. I think that will help to re­duce the noise.

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