Ottawa, Nova Scotia Allow Adhan in Ramadan to Support Muslims

In Ramadan Muslims spend their time in prayer, self-reflection and fasting from sunrise to sunset.

But COVID-19 pandemic has somehow made Ramadan somehow difficult for Muslims due to social distancing and mosque closures.

In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, many cities in Canada have allowed mosques to make the adhan (call to prayer) through loudspeakers at sunset during the month of Ramadan.

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These videos show adhan performed on April 30 at different Ottawa mosques.

Nova Scotia took a similar decision, allowing Muslims to broadcast adhan at sunset during Ramadan.

“This is a show of unity and solidarity that HRM will overcome these problems and difficult times together,” the Ummah Masjid and Community Center said in a statement.

A week ago, Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis made adhan publicly first time ever.

The state allowed the adhan to be broadcast five times a day during the month of Ramadan to provide the city’s Muslim minority a sense of normalcy.

The adhan is the call to announce that it is time for a particular obligatory Salah (ritual prayer).

Last February, Muslims in Paterson, New Jersey, were allowed to recite the Adhan publicly thanks to a new ordinance.