In Cologne mosques will in future be able to call their believers to prayer as part of a model project. If a mosque community wishes to make use of this, it must apply to the city to do so. In addition, certain requirements must be met. The announcement of the model project has led to a controversial discussion nationwide. The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, sees it as a sign of respect: “I think it’s a sign of diversity, also a sign of tolerance that is being expressed here. At the same time, you make it clear that too in many I think we are a bit similar. ” In the cathedral city itself, opinions differed widely on Friday. O-TON BERNHARD SPIEGELHALTER: “If it’s not bedtime now. The discussion about church bells is well known, but otherwise I think that’s okay when there are a lot of Muslim people here.” O-TON MARGRID ENGEL: “Personally, I don’t think it’s good. It just doesn’t go with Cologne. That’s my opinion.” There are more than 30 mosque communities in Cologne. According to local media reports, none of them had applied for participation in the model project by Thursday evening. But what has not yet happened may soon come. Because that’s what the model project is for.
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