Glasgow mosque airs call to prayer during games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially the XX Commonwealth Games, will last for 11 days and will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

Glasgow mosque airs call to prayer during games

World Bulletin / News Desk

Muslims being the second largest group in Glasgow are going to be able to hear the call to prayer (adhan) through out Ramadan thanks to the Commonweath games.

Glasgow Central Mosque is going to be able to air the adhan, or Muslim call to prayer, every evening for the athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games, following a decision by the city council to cater to hundreds of Muslims visiting the city during the holy month of Ramadan.

"The mosque is situated in the Gorbals, a stone's throw away from the athletes' village. We have had a number of inquiries in terms of what the mosque is doing for those athletes who practice their faith,” Nabeel Sheikh, general secretary of Glasgow Central Mosque, told Scotland Herlad.

"We have been advised by the Commonwealth Committee that approximately 400 athletes and supporting staff will be fasting, so upon hearing the adhan for the sunset prayer, they can begin to eat and break the fast.

“We are trying to cater not just for the Muslim athletes, but their families, Games officials, media and visitors who will be in the city,” he added.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially the XX Commonwealth Games, will last for 11 days and will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

Officials from environmental health department in Glasgow City Council visited Scotland's largest mosque last week to oversee a practice run, and ensure the prayer call does not exceed an agreed sound level.

Following a series of invasions into Glasgow mosques by members of the far-right Britain First, the airing of the adhan during the games was seen as a chance to help highlight the "open outlook" of Glaswegians.

"Many of our non-Muslim friends who have visited Dubai, Tunisia or Turkey and have heard the adhan have told me the positive impact it has had on them,” Sheikh, the general secretary of Glasgow Central Mosque, said.

"The world's media will also be in Glasgow and they can leave with a positive impression of the city and emphasizing the tolerance and open outlook of Glaswegians.”

A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman added that all organizations were cooperating to welcome all faiths to the games.

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