Ahmed Jamal, the mu'adhin of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, gives the call to prayer (adhan) from the mosque's roof in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on April 23, 2020.

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For the first time in the history of Minnesota, the adhan was broadcast Thursday evening over an outdoor speaker placed over the rooftop of Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

The call to prayer will be broadcast five times a day throughout the month of Ramadan, which began Thursday evening.

“This is a historic moment tonight for us to be celebrating the first call to prayer, adhan, in a major city in the United States,” said Sheikh Abdisalam Adam, board chairman of Islamic Civic Society of America & Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque.

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Thanks to a new partnership between the city of Minneapolis, Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), Muslims in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood can hear the adhan as they hunker down during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Tonight’s historic call to prayer in Minneapolis will bring comfort and remind the faithful and the neighborhood that as we are physically distant we can still be connected to our faith and mosque,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

First Avenue provided technical support and audio equipment to make the call to prayer possible.

We are honored to be a part of this initiative to keep people safe and socially-distanced during the month of Ramadan,” said Dayna Frank, CEO of First Avenue. 

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