Restrictions on religious services due to the ChiCom flu have been imposed in Germany, and mosques are affected as well as churches. In compensation, Churches are encouraging the faithful by ringing their bells at particular times. Now the mosques are following suit by broadcasting the adhan, the call to prayer.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article about the situation in Garbsen:
Islamic Prayer Call From Loudspeakers Sends The Same Message As The Church Bells
March 27, 2020
Garbsen — In order to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus infection, people’s social contacts must be massively limited, including at church. The congregation are supposed to be encouraged by the daily bell ringing. Even in Garbsen the church bells ring at some churches every evening around 7pm.
Since the DITIB-Turkish Islamic community in Garbsen e.V. on the Bachstraße and Sandstraße cannot let their prayer meetings take place, a corresponding signal is also being sent here. This letter and a corresponding video is available to GCN and many readers asked if the city of Garbsen is aware of it. GCN can confirm that the city of Garbsen also has the video.
The city of Garbsen responded to a press request as follows:
In connection with the coronavirus crisis, the Christian parishes decided to ring the church bells every day at around 6pm. The mosque communities in Garbsen wanted to join this sign of solidarity and community. They informed the city of Garbsen about this in advance.
The fundamental right of religious freedom and the free exercise of religion applies here. This fundamental right applies to churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious communities.
The city of Garbsen assumes that the call to prayer of the mosque communities as a sign of solidarity lasts only a few minutes at a time and that the volume is observed with the due consideration of residents and neighbors.
Following complaints about the volume received today, we asked the mosque communities to reduce the volume. This has already been confirmed by the municipalities.