Azerbaijan works to resolve 'azan' issue at mosques
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 4 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
The azan has been the subject of a heated debate in recent years in Azerbaijan. While the sacred call is crucial to the functioning of any mosque, some residents complain the azan is too loud.
"All mosques, except for one or two, follow the state's recommendations," State Committee on Working with Religious Organizations official Gunduz Ismailov told Trend today.
The norms of vibration for the azan were approved by presidential decree on July 8, 2008.
The regulations were prepared on the basis of the laws "Environmental Safety," and "Sanitary and Epidemiological Well Being," and regulate the permitted levels of noise and vibration in residential and public buildings.
The azan has long been the subject of speculation, Social and Political Department head at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov said.
"Some people try to exaggerate the problem. However, the process is being resolved according to the normal legal course for any secular state," he added.
There are no grounds for rumors that the government will prohibit the azan now or in future, Committee Chairman Hidayat Orujev said in an interview with Trend .
"In fact, this information is wrong. I would say it is defamatory and purposefully spread to mislead the public," he said. "It is a pity that some people do not want to follow the principles of the sacred religion of Islam."
Ismayilov said the reasons for the azan sounding loudly at some mosques are being reviewed.
"I think that this problem will be resolved soon," Hasanov said.
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