Paterson, the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States has supported an ordinance, that permits the Adhan, the Muslims call to prayer, to be broadcast over loudspeakers.
The new development has to undergo two more hearings before its implementation.
If implemented, the adhan would be exempt from the city’s noise control ordinance and allowed to be broadcast outside every day between 6am and 10pm.
The resolution was approved by council members on Tuesday by a vote of 7-0, with two members abstaining. “We applaud Paterson officials for taking this admirable step toward inclusion, and encourage them to pass the proposed ordinance,” said Salaedin Maksut, executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Paterson has approximately 30,000 Muslim residents, along with more than 15 mosques scattered across the area.