‘We Are Not Visitors’: Muslims in Sweden Demand Mosque Call to Prayer

Muslims in a city in Sweden have submitted an application to be allowed to broadcast the call to prayer, claiming the move would boost community self-esteem and assist with integration. If you have never heard the Muslim call to prayer, sung by the muezzin, a man specially selected for his ability to sing like a tom cat that is having its bollocks crushed in a vice, will know it is not the most harmonious sound to western ears. Such discordant notes suit Islam well of course, because music is an abomination to Allah according to Muslim fundamentalists.

Expressen reports the Växjö Muslim Foundation submitted an application to the police requesting permission to send out a three-minute Islamic call to prayer each Friday from a loudspeaker attached to the front of a mosque in the city’s Araby district. While some Christian residents are disrurbed by the content of the call, which exalts Allah and demeans the Christ, others are simply upset at the prospect of their peace being shattered by the cacophonous wailing.

“We are just wanting Sweden to allow Muslims in Växjö to feel even more at home. The Islamic community should be proud of their culture, and not feel like they have to hide,” said Imam Ismail Abu Helal, a spokesman for the Växjö Muslim community.

The imam told Smålandsposten he believes allowing the call to prayer could have a positive effect on the city, and that it would help enable Muslims to better integrate into Araby, a district in which already by 2008, 58 per cent of residents were recorded to have had foreign backgrounds.

“I think that [allowing the call to prayer] is good for integration, and it will provide confirmation of religious freedom,” said Abu Helal. “Muslims are not visitors in Växjö, we live here.”

When the Imam speaks of integration we wonder does he think hearing the call to prayer will help Christians and atheists accept Allah as the one true god, accept the supremacy of Sharia Law and integrate into Islamic society?

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