Saudi Arabia: lower mosque speaker volume brings controversy

Authorities defend decision, but anger on social media

01 June, 12:00

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 01 GIU - Controversy broke out in Saudi Arabia over the decision by authorities to lower the volume of mosque speakers calling the Muslim faithful to prayer, said the BBC.

    The Islamic Affairs Ministry announced last week that all loudspeakers should be set to one-third of their maximum volume, following complaints from the public, including parents who said the loudspeakers disturbed their children's sleep.

    The move sparked a backlash on social media, and a hashtag calling for loud music to be banned in restaurants and cafes began trending.

    Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh responded to the controversy in a video message on state TV in which he said those who want to pray do not need to wait for the imam's call to prayer.

    He said those who criticised the move online are "enemies of the kingdom" who "want to stir public opinion". (ANSAmed).

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