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Ramadan: Why did the authorities in Rwanda ban the call to prayer for dawn prayer through minarets?

Ramadan: Why did the authorities in Rwanda ban the call to prayer for dawn prayer through minarets?

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  • BBC – Great Lakes Region

Muslims in Rwanda will not hear the call to dawn prayer through the minarets of mosques this Ramadan, and may not hear it again.

Last month, the Rwandan authorities banned the use of mosque loudspeakers during the early hours of the morning.

The authorities said the loudspeakers violated the country’s noise reduction laws, which allow a maximum sound intensity of 55 decibels during the day and 45 decibels at night – in residential areas.

“The decision violated our rights to perform a basic ritual of our religion,” says Zina Mukamapano, 55, who lives in the capital, Kigali.