A muezzin will make the chant at a “moderately amplified” level each Friday from the chapel bell tower, but not everyone is happy.
A North Carolina university has announced that the call to Muslim prayer will ring out every week on its campus from tomorrow, Sky News reports. Members of Duke University’s Muslim Students Association will deliver the chant, known as the “adhan”, from the bell tower of the chapel. A muezzin will make the call to prayer at a “moderately amplified” level for about three minutes each Friday at 1pm, said the college. Imam Adeel Zeb, the Muslim chaplain at Duke, said: “The adhan is the call to prayer that brings Muslims back to their purpose in life.” He added: “The collective Muslim community is truly grateful and excited about Duke’s intentionality toward religious and cultural diversity.” Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life, said: “This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission.” But not everyone was so accommodating. Evangelist Franklin Graham, who has previously been accused of demonising Islam, lambasted the college. He said on Facebook: “As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism.” His Facebook post has been shared more than 50,000 times. Duke has nearly 15,000 students, about 700 of whom identify themselves as Muslim, reports the Charlotte Observer. The university was founded in 1838 by Methodists and Quakers. In the Islamic world, the adhan is called out five times a day by a muezzin, usually from the minaret of a mosque.