Athaan restored

2018-12-18 06:01
Residents signing the petition on Tuesday. PHOTO: Samantha lee

Residents signing the petition on Tuesday. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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The Athaan at a Bayview Mosque has been restored following a meeting between the City of Cape Town and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) last week.

The Muslim Judicial Council held a meeting with representatives of the City of Cape Town’s Social Services Directorate Environmental Health Department on Tuesday after Masjidus-Saliheen, Bayview was issued with a ‘noise disturbance’ notice.

The meeting agreed that the City Health Department will assist the Masjied in concluding a Noise Management Plan within the next 10 working days, subject to weather conditions.

“The City Health Department explained that the letter sent to the Masjied last week was to notify the Imam that they wanted written submission of the noise management plan which they already assumed the masjied implemented,” said MJC 2nd Deputy President, Shaykh Riad Fataar in a press statement. “The City further requested that the masjid appoint an acoustic engineer to ensure the sound volume remains at the required level.”

“In the Western Cape, we ensure that we have the sound of the Athaan lower than the required level as stated in the bylaws,” said Fataar.

“We live in a society that respects each other’s religions and cultures and this is evident when the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and the local church supported the call of the Athaan. We thank them for all their efforts.”

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