From The Gathering Storm Blog

Oxford, known as the city of dreamy spires, may soon have an oratory addition to their traditional skyline. Muslim calls to prayer blasting our over the small hamlet three times a day.

This proposed addition to the traditional city by the Elders at Oxford Central Mosque is not sitting well with its inhabitants. They have already discussed the controversial idea with council chiefs and are set to submit a formal application in the New Year. They see it as a call to prayer. The residents call the prayers, to be broadcast over three large speakers, are noise pollution.

Dr Allan Chapman said: “This has nothing to do with the Muslim faith. If this is allowed to go ahead it will be intrusive and distasteful.

“People will have no choice but to have this message rammed down their throats. My fear is that it will lead to anger and resentment.

“The area does not have a huge population of Muslims and this is grossly unfair on everyone else.”

Under the proposals, people living near the mosque would hear the call to prayer at lunchtime, mid-afternoon and sunset.

Mum-of-two Gillian Rigby, whose home backs on to the mosque, said: “It would definitely wake the children up. The baby obviously sleeps during the day so whatever time it is it’s going to have an effect on her sleeping.”

Elders at the mosque, which attracts congregations of up to 700, admit the call to prayer will not attract any more worshippers, but say it is a matter of tradition.

And what about Oxford’s tradition? I guess that dhimmi tradition must take a back seat to the politically correct new minority.

Spokesman Sadar Rana said yesterday: “In Islamic countries Christian people are allowed to ring bells in churches as a call to prayer and we never have arguments with that.

Allowed to practice their Christian tradition? Really? I guess Indonesian Muslims didn’t get that memo.

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