Fittja mosque in the suburbs of Stockholm has been given the green
light to issue Friday prayer calls from its minaret, the first
mosque to do so in Sweden, police said Thursday.
“I’m really happy and grateful,” Ismail Okur, the head of the
Islamic Association in the Botkyrka municipality, told Swedish
news agency TT.
The association had sought
permission to issue Friday prayer calls from its mosque in the
suburb of Fittja, part of the Botkyrka municipality.
Police said the Fittja mosque would
be allowed to issue calls lasting three to five minutes between 12
noon and 1:00 p m. on Fridays, though strict regulations would
govern the placement of the speakers.
Information must also be provided to
nearby residents, police said.
The mosque was built in 2007.