Somaliland mosques told to Turn Down loudspeakers for overnight prayers

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Getty Images Mosques in Somaliland have been urged to turn down the volume overnight
Getty Images Mosques in Somaliland have been urged to turn down the volume overnight
By: HornDiplomat & BBC
Mosques in the Republic of Somaliland have been urged to turn down, or turn off, their loudspeakers for overnight prayers.
The director general of the ministry of religious affairs, Aadan Abdillahi Abdalle, told the BBC Somali service that imams and mosque authorities had been urged to respect their neighbours when they issued the call for the Tahajjud, a non-obligatory prayer which usually takes place after midnight.
People living near mosques have complained of disruption to their sleep from the loudspeakers – a particular concern for the elderly, and for those convalescing from illness.
However, others have argued for the mosques’ right to broadcast the call to prayer, and have urged the government not to interfere in a religious matter.
The population of Somaliland is overwhelmingly Muslim. The territory has its own government but is not internationally recognised as independent.

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