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article imageHistoric Islamic call to prayer a first at Swedish mosque

By Katerina Nikolas     May 1, 2013 in World
Stockholm - On April 26 the Islamic call to prayer was heard for the first time on Swedish soil when authorities gave permission for the adhan to be broadcast from the Fittja mosque in Stockholm.
The Local reported that a 1994 prohibition on the broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer was scrapped by the municipality of Botkyrka in September last year.
In April police ruled that the cry from the minaret would not violate local noise ordinances, clearing the way for the adhan to be broadcast each Friday noon, for between three and five minutes.
Worshippers at the Fittja mosque were moved to tears as they heard the historic first call for prayers last Friday. ITN Source reported Imam Ergin Ocgem called out "Allahu akbar" (God is great) at the set time.
The Local reported Muslims from Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Turkey, enjoyed their first prayer call on Swedish soil, expressing their gratitude for Swedish tolerance.
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