The Växjö Muslim Foundation submitted an application to the police requesting permission to send out a three-minute Islamic call to prayer each Friday from a loudspeaker attached to the front of a mosque in the city’s Araby district.
“We are just wanting Sweden to allow Muslims in Växjö to feel even more at home.
Acknowledging there might be mixed reactions at first, if the mosque gets approval to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer, he told the newspaper: “Everything new creates anxiety, but in the long run it will be fine.”
The application, in which Växjö Muslim Foundation likened the call to prayer to church bells, has been passed on to the Environmental and Health Protection Office to assess how it would affect people living in the mosque’s vicinity.
Police in the city will wait to hear the assessment before making a decision, said Pia Ringius, who is handling the case, but she told local media: “As I see it, it will be hard for us to say no, because [Muslims] have been granted permission in Stockholm.”