A new Muslim Mega Mosque to be built in the centre of Birmingham will have a speaker system that can be heard 15 miles away, and will broadcast the call to prayer across the city 5 times a day.
The mega mosque has been granted special permission by Labour led Birmingham City Council to have the giant speaker system installed due to a special provision of the Local Communities Act 2008 which allows religious groups to break noise abatement laws.
The speakers will be louder than a jet engine and will be heard up to 15 miles away in Solihull and the Black Country. The speaker system will primarily be used to announce the call to prayer in Arabic 5 times a day, starting at 5 o’clock in the morning, angering some local residents that they will be woken up even though they aren’t Muslim.
Terry Gardner, a painter and decorator from the outskirts of Birmingham had this to say: ‘Its nonsense that I’m going to get told to pray five times a day, even though I’m not a muslim, can’t they just give everyone a text message, it would