Saturday, April 29, 2006

Religion: Egypt plans to coordinate prayer calls

Middle East Online, reports that Egypt has drawn up a controversial plan aimed at quelling the cacophony of prayer calls that can be heard five times a day over mosque loudspeakers throughout Cairo.

According to press reports the plan aims to answer growing complaints over the muezzins' calls, which all have slightly different timings and thereby create unsynchronised noise of rivalling voices, by establishing a centralized call to prayer.

According to the proposed new system, one muezzin would announce the Muslim prayer times and his voice would be broadcast over 4,000 loudspeakers at different mosques in the Greater Cairo area.

Egypt's Religious Endowments Minister Mahmud Zaqzuq is to sign a contract on Sunday for the delivery of around 4,000 receivers.