Ad­han vol­ume con­cerns

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

A MEET­ING be­tween the city and com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Masjidus Saligeen in Bay View Strand­fontein is ex­pected next week to deal with the vol­ume of its ad­han, or call to prayer.

The City’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health depart­ment had sent the mosque a noise abate­ment no­tice this week, stat­ing the loud­speaker was in con­tra­ven­tion of the Noise Con­trol Reg­u­la­tion.

Mosque imam Moulana Yusuf Mo­hammed said its vol­ume had al­ready been de­creased after a com­plaint sev­eral years ago.

The Mus­lim Ju­di­cial Coun­cil’s sec­ond deputy pres­i­dent, Shaykh Riad Fataar, said: “We are not sure if the let­ter that Moulana Muham­mad re­ceived last week is a new com­plaint or an older one.

“We have con­firmed a meet­ing with the City of Cape Town and the mosque com­mit­tee for next week Tues­day to try and re­solve the is­sue im­me­di­ately.”

May­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for Area South, Zahid Badroo­d­ien said the no­tice was aimed at get­ting the mosque to work with the City to find so­lu­tion.

“A meet­ing will take place be­tween the imam of the mosque and the en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cials who will dis­cuss var­i­ous op­tions to ad­dress the con­cerns raised by the com­mu­nity.

“A noise abate­ment no­tice was is­sued on De­cem­ber 4, and the aim is not to in­struct the mosque to end the call to prayer. The aim is to work with the city to find an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to ad­dress the com­plaints raised by ei­ther low­er­ing the vol­ume or en­gag­ing an acous­tic en­gi­neer to de­velop po­ten­tial so­lu­tions.”

Shaykh Fataar said the Mus­lim com­mu­nity was grate­ful for the Bay View Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum and a church, that were sup­port­ing the mosque’s right of broad­cast­ing the ad­han via loud­speak­ers.

“Capeto­ni­ans are unique in that we co-ex­ist in peace and har­mony with our neigh­bours of var­i­ous cul­tures and faiths.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful for the com­mu­nity’s sup­port in this mat­ter, but ask the com­mu­nity not to take any ac­tion be­fore our sched­uled meet­ing on Tues­day.”

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