NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Authorizes Use of Speakers for Muslim Call to Prayer

Update: Through a formal announcement NYC provided updated guidance which is different from than initial memo that was spread over.

Under the new guidance, a mosque or masjid can broadcast the call to prayer every Friday between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM as well as during the sunset prayers every evening during Ramadan — a holy, month-long period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community observance that arrives in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.


In a landmark directive, Deputy Commissioner Mark Stewart of the Community Affairs Bureau has issued a memorandum affirming the right of (NYC) local mosques to use speakers for the Islamic call to prayer, commonly known as the Adhan.

Effective immediately, the Adhan—a crucial practice in Islam that takes place five times a day—can be publicly broadcast through speakers. Each call lasts a couple of minutes and serves as a reminder for Muslims to engage in mandatory prayer.

The Community Affairs personnel are directed to facilitate this development. Officers will visit mosques to ensure they are informed and compliant with the new guidelines.

The goal is to build an inclusive community where everyone’s religious practices are respected

Deputy Commissioner Stewart

Muslim leaders are encouraged to communicate with neighbors to establish a comfortable volume level for the call to prayer. The Community Affairs Bureau will assist mosques in fostering a positive relationship with their communities.

Although mosques do not require a special permit for this activity, there are guidelines to follow. According to the memorandum, sound systems must adhere to appropriate volume levels and cannot be operated before 9 a.m. or after sunset.

The announcement has been positively received.

This is very positive news for our community and we appreciate it a lot. Also, this reminds us to create a good relationship with our neighbors which is also our religious duty. Hopefully, in the future, with the discussions with authorities and neighbors we will be to be manage permissions for fajr & isha adhan also.

Md Belal Hossain, Imam of Baitun Noor Masjid, Ozone Park

The directive not only enhances religious freedom but also takes a significant step toward fostering a more inclusive and harmonious community.

Disclaimer: Prayers Connect verified the authenticity of this news by an NYPD staff.

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