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The Call to Prayer to Be Broadcast on BBC Local Radio

by in World on 2nd April, 2020

With many from the Muslim community unable to visit local mosques due to their temporary closure amid the coronavirus crisis, BBC radio have taken the initiative and opportunity to broadcast the azan (call to prayer) via their local stations. The news was shared in a tweet by Harry Farley, a broadcast journalist and producer for BBC Radio 4.

The tweet shares a quote from Chris Burns,the head of BBC Local Radio who said:

“Many Muslims will feel a void in their lives where prayers used to be – a feeling the will be magnified as we approach Ramadan. Local radio is all about connecting communities and we hope these weekly reflections will go some way to helping Muslims feel a sense of community while they are isolating.”

It is said that this will happen from tommorow as confirmed by Imam and Lawyer Qari Asim MBE from Leeds, he will be the first imam to lead the reflections on 14 stations from 5.50am, every week there will be a different Imam.

His confirmation was met with support from James Walter, Chaplain at LSE.

The stations broadcasting the reflections are:

  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Lancashire
  • Manchester
  • WM
  • Leicester
  • Stoke
  • Derby
  • Nottingham
  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Three Counties
  • London
  • Merseyside
  • Berkshire

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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing on Thursday 2nd April.

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