Austrian city to broadcast Muslim prayer daily in December
A chapel in the Baroque city of Linz in Upper Austria, straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna, will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer daily throughout the Christmas season.
Published: November 28, 2018, 10:39 am
The Islamic call to prayer will be heard publicly from the chapel of the Upper Austrian Cultural Quarter’s Ursuline Church as part of an “art installation” to illustrate “that Islam is a religion of peace”, Breitbart reported.
Between December 2 and 23, the centre of Linz will be forced to contend with “a special kind of audiovisual experience,” when loud prerecorded calls from Algeria, Mozambique, Istanbul, and Singapore will be transmitted.
The organisers claim the project “succeeds in linking the aesthetics of different realms of reality,” when visitors hear “the muezzin call as an Islamic ritual” together with “the everyday sounds of a secular-urban world,”, as they walk past the “Christian sacral architecture”.
A muezzin from the mosque calls out five times a day, traditionally from the minaret, summoning Muslims for mandatory worship, a concept that is alien to secular Europeans.
The caller traditionally faces each of the four compass directions in turn: east, west, north, and south. To each direction he cries: “Allah is most great. I testify that there is no God but Allah. I testify that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah. Come to prayer. Come to salvation. Allah is most great. There is no God but Allah.”
Many mosques have installed electronic recordings of the call to prayer, and amplifiers have displaced the muezzin.
The “acoustic intervention” during Advent was planned by non-Muslims Werner Puntigam and Klaus Hollinetz, who “wanted to create awareness that Islam and Christianity are religions of peace or want to be”.
Islam is the second most widely practised faith in Austria. The Islamic Religious Community is an official representative body since it is one of 16 legally recognized churches and religious communities in the country.
The global halal market, meanwhile has a current volume of over $4 trillion and is expanding every year, also in Austria. It is expected to reach $7 trillion in three years, according to a study carried out by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
At the OIC Halal Expo, representatives from more than 80 countries including Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Britain, Thailand and Indonesia were present. Foreign participants corresponded to 40 percent of the total number of guests.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
KievA real comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky, better known for playing a president in a TV show, won the final round of the presidential election on Sunday. The incumbent President Petro Poroshenko has conceded defeat.
ParisJournalists covering the Yellow Vest demonstration have reported that some of their colleagues have been arrested by the police. Others have been victims of police violence.
ParisOne of three jihadists involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to launch an attack on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court just days before before a fire destroyed the iconic spire and roof.
ParisAn exclusive FWM reportage on the Yellow Vest movement that has riled French President Emmanuel Macron for months now. Our reporter joined a group of the famous gilets jaunes.
ParisWhile French and Catholics mourn the tragedy that struck the cathedral of Paris on Monday, Internet users, especially Muslims, preferred instead to celebrate the fire with insults and shameful ridicule.
ParisThe origin of the gigantic fire, which devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on Monday, is still unknown, but an investigation was opened for "involuntary destruction by fire," announced the Paris prosecutor's office in the evening.
HelsinkiA conservative political party that campaigned against open borders and climate change policies won the second-highest number of seats in Finland's parliamentary elections on Sunday.
ViennaAustrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) has warned in a letter to the EU Commission that Europe will be facing a new wave of mass immigration.
The Russian Federation has a "growing a comparative advantage in the targeted use and development of GNSS spoofing capabilities to achieve tactical and strategic objectives at home and abroad," a new study has found.
ParisThe French president and his ministers seem to be paying a high price for their mismanagement of the Great National Debate.