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Turkish court orders Adhan ban at three mosques

Lefke town: A court in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) has temporarily banned the recitation of the dawn adhan (Muslim’s call to prayer) through minaret speakers at three mosques.

Lawyer named Feza Güzeloğlu asked a court to ban the recitation of Adhan at the Morning Prayer time as well as other Arabic prayers saying that the noise bothers him, according to areport published in Daily Sabha.

Therefore, on Feza complaint, the court prohibited the performance of Adhan from the minaret speakers of the Şeyh Nazım, Aşağı and Pir Paşa Mosques and will continue until the court concludes the case.

However, Cyprus Grand Mufti Talip Atalay said, “This decision isn’t binding on religious affairs and the final ban on adhan is out of question.”

Talip said that the Cypriot Turks are very sensitive about preserving their religious values and in spite of individuals own ideas; no such decision could be imposed on the Muslim Cypriot nation.

This will be the first such decision in Northern Cyprus, the homeland of about 286,257 Turkish Muslims.