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Paterson ordinance will let mosques broadcast Muslim call to prayer


A proposed ordinance before the City Council will allow mosques in Paterson to broadcast the Adhan or the Muslim call to prayer.

Under the ordinance, mosques will be allowed to use loudspeakers to announce the call to prayer during a 16-hour span. The ordinance states: “The city shall permit ‘Adhan’, call to prayer’, ‘church bells’ and other reasonable means of announcing religious meetings to be amplified between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. for duration not to exceed five minutes.”

Councilman Shahin Khalique proposed the ordinance on Tuesday night as an amendment to the existing noise control ordinance.

Council members spent three minutes discussing the measure.

Paterson has approximately 30,000 Muslims. It has a dozen mosques scattered throughout the city. Presently, mosques make the call to prayer five times a day; however, the sound is not amplified outside the buildings.

Late last year, Khalique, who is up for reelection in May, promised local leaders he planned to introduce the measure modeled on an ordinance in effect in Hamtramck, Mich. At the time, Khalique said he had been in discussions with other members of the City Council to get the measure passed.

Khalique has styled himself as a pious and devout Muslim amongst his mostly Bengali-American supporters. He suffered a blow to his image earlier in the month when it was revealed he had been arrested for intoxicated driving by New Jersey State Police in 2010.

Council members will consider the measure for preliminary approval next Tuesday.

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  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    Next will be Sharia enforcement patrols like they have in London. In certain areas if they see you with alcohol you get scolded, hold hands in public get slapped up, be a gay or a transtesticle and you get thrown off a roof.

  • bigron

    I live near a church that bothers me with their bells. How bad can this be?

    • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

      It's aggravating as hell.

    • AnisAqeel

      Just pretent to be listening a song recitation without music.

    • Tim Cat

      Just wait until you get to hear it blasting loudly at 6am, you're gonna love it…

    • Lash LaRue

      at 4am you'll hear some moron ranting in arabic – believe me it's coming

    • evman

      Church bells tell you the time of day. The Call to Prayer tells you you will rot in hell if you don't submit to Allah. There's a difference.

  • Willy05

    Church bells are occasional. Western and Eastern harmonies differ. To this Western ear, such sounds would be extremely irritating to many – exactly in the nature of noise pollution. Five times daily is more than an inconvenience. There's a better solution: Broadcast the call to prayer over a private network so it is received by subscribers on their cell phones or other devices.

    • Lash LaRue

      they need to convert you to their hideous stupidity so they air they stuff 5 times a day usually at 4am

      • afftongrown

        It will start with their "prayer to call" and once that's become a norm in society, they'll add somthing else. This is why it has been called creeping sharia!

  • RadFAAD

    Say goodbye to sleeping in past sunrise.

  • Plumber

    The bullshit is starting already

  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    Paterson is turning into Dearborn.

  • Ali Erikenoglu

    I'm happy to live in a city where the call to worship can take the form of bells or a human voice. No worries here.

    • John

      Since you are happy with these extremism. Then why dont you go back to one of those countries where this is the foundation and the norm. Please I along with 99% of true Americans beg you.

    • Lash LaRue

      go back to your stinking schiffhole

    • evman

      Church bells, which should probably be banned as well, tell you the time of day. The Muslim call to prayer tells all and everyone to submit and prostate themselves abjectly before Allah. It's intrusive and intolerant. No one would allow loudspeakers telling everyone to accept Jesus as their personal savior.

  • TheBigDG

    I lived in Jerusalem for a few years. When I first got there- the late calls to worship woke me up – after a few weeks I did not even hear them. But that is in the Middle East. I am sensitive to the intrusion upon the peace be it overly loud music, raucous parties, early morning lawnmowers or calls to prayer. Keep your sounds to yourself!

  • John

    Paterson is going downhill. This is what happens when you vote in a person with extremist religious views. This country thankfully was founded hearing church bells, not yelling.

  • John

    Paterson true Americans need the federal government to intervene before we become another Palestinian or Dearborn.

  • John

    And you ain't seen nothing yet. Stay tuned for more radicalism.

  • RickM

    Personally, I don't want to be subjected to an amplified moaning song 5 times a day, But I do not live near Paterson (Thank God).
    The good news about Muslims: Paterson crime will probably go down.
    The bad news: Paterson will become a re-combined mass of non assimilated Muslims much like Dearborn Michigan.
    This will go much further than just the call to prayer issue.

    • America_the_Beautiful

      In Sweden and the UK, violence crime, including assault and murder, has increased, with rape and gang rape a common occurrence. Women are afraid to go out.

    • Kimberly Creighbaum

      are you kidding crime doesn't go down where they are at it goes up and I just watche a Dectective documentary about Canabalism in Canada , Gay Muslims are killing and eating other Gay people ……is that going to be accepted next

  • baggman744

    maybe it'll help drown out the sound of gun fire…

  • Virginia Wright

    Why would you need a call to prayer? I don't care what denomination of faith you are, you should know when to worship without bells and whistles, so to speak. Please don't allow it!

    • https://plus.google.com/105643005473640034465 St.Hahn

      Islamic sharia. Note the call to prayer will be 5 times a day and much longer than any bells. Thus the 98% will be reminded every day of Islam's dominance. Pretty soon the population will become accustomed to the noise and tune it out but then the Muslims will begin asking for more. That is how the playbook goes. I can respect Islam as I would respect a bear. Islam has a 1400 year history of subsuming populations. The people of Peterson are being conquered and don't realize through their tolerance are inviting their destruction. Islam will bring nothing new or better to Peterson, quite the contrary.

      • Lash LaRue

        you are correct – you'll have loud mouth imum spewing his hate lines from 4am like they do in Saudi

  • RadFAAD

    Despite my distaste for Paterson and the majority of it's residents, I actually feel for the struggling black and hispanic population who won't be able to escape this. Things are about to change real quick.

    For those who cry about "diversity" and "cultural enrichment", well, you're about to get it whether you like it or not.

  • Moronbasher

    You live in the age of cellphones why do you need a "call to prayer"? This is simply imposing islamic superiority over the infidels! The adhaan states that there inso God but allah and the infidels have to hear this? This has been proposed by a muslim and this is all they want when they move to the West? Impose islamic superiority over the West. How do other religious groups report to prayer? Why is islam given so many special privileges? Gosh this angers me so much!

  • JM redeemed in Jersey

    They wonder why the exodus of NJ taxpayers. Soon, soon for us. Meanwhile I'll be sleeping with earplugs.

  • Larry A Singleton

    The Haj by Leon Uris 12-19-19

    Alan Dershowitz said that if you want to find the truth all you have to do is look for it. I looked for and found that “Palestinians” raise their children from birth to hate and murder Jews and their “culture” is nothing but an Islamic death cult.

    Scratch “Islam” and “Palestinian” and you'll find Jew Hatred.

    On college and university campuses and even in our high schools we have the Islamic versions of the Hitler Youth; Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Muslim Student Association (MSA). And the Nazi styled "BDS" Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. For the first time in our history Jews are afraid to identify themselves as Jews. The Jew Hating began in these Middle East Study departments. Read Martin Kramer's Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America.

    Begin your education on Israel by reading:

    The Haj by Leon Uris.

    The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz.

    The Israeli Solution by Caroline Glick.

    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History. The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims. Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. The Mufti’s Islamic Jew-Hatred: What The Nazis Learned From The ‘Muslim Pope’ by Andrew Bostom.

    Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) PMW's book Deception: Betrayal of the Peace Process by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.

    Palestinian Media Watch's (PMW) report “Palestinian Authority Education: A Recipe for Hate & Terror”.

    Palestinians, Arabs and the Holocaust by Joseph Spoerl.

    Inside BDS by Dan Pine.

    Read FrontPage Magazine, Gatestone Institute, Middle East Quarterly and Jihad Watch.

    UN Watch, Campus Watch, Campus Reform,

    Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat by Peter Hammond.

    Imprimis from Hillsdale College. (Free in the mail) Which is big on our Founding Fathers, the US Constitution and my hero Winston Churchill who predicted the "Gestapo" these "Socialists" would become. Read Churchill's book The River War about his own experiences fighting “holy warriors” in the Sudan. And his books The Malakand Field Force and Thoughts and Adventures.

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  • Larry A Singleton

    This one of what I call the New Rude in this country; Those Audio Terrorists in their "boomer cars" who have destroyed the quality of life and traditional peace and quiet of whole cities. The Jew hatred that is now fashionable in this country, Islamic terrorists attacks like the slaughter in my hometown of San Bernardino, California.

    My suggestion to everybody: Study Islam.

  • Larry A Singleton

    "Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by Paterson Times."

    Usually code for:

    "Hold on, this is waiting to be censored/blocked by Paterson Times."

  • William McKenzie

    Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Satanic places of worship should all blast the city with 100,000 mega watt stadium loudspeakers all at the same time :)

  • Donald Swanz

    what a garbage town

  • Brien

    It is Noise Pollution!

    It is a government making a law on religion – and
    That is Un-Constitutional!

    This is Hijrah!
    which is essentially invasion
    ie foot in the door methods…

  • Kimberly Creighbaum

    Why do we have to put up with this in America . People can be fined for playing there car stereos to loudly so why should they be able to broadcast this five times a day !!!!!!!!!! Give an inch and they take a mile …we will have NO America if we do NOT stop allowing them in

  • http://www.thechooyuproject.net Damien Francois

    OMG… The Garden State is green – momo green.

  • Mark Thorpe

    There are plenty of call to prayer apps out there. When the majority of people of Paterson (or at least the majority of the ruling party voters) are okay with an amplified call to prayer it will be done. Otherwise, get the app.

  • Andres Rodriguez

    I respect all the religious beliefs but that there are preferences for certain groups, it is absolutely not good at all. Consequences can be fatal, gentlemen. Councilors think what they want to do. I do not agree with this religious preferences

  • NCC 1701-C Dodge Stealth R/T

    Guess we lost the “war on terror”. Read the Turner Diaries. It's real.

  • Drew Fiord

    Can anyone answer this question: Is singing, chanting or human voices allowed at all when it comes to the allowed noises of places of worship. I believe it only says chimes, bells and tones are included. If I'm right, it should fall on its face.

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  • Hell’s Observer

    interesting how small hats and Muslims operate in the same way when taking over an area. Not surprising since Islam is based on Judaism. What should be noted is that the laws which prevent resistance to these deeply religious collectivists were instituted decades before as if preparing for the protection of such cancerous people. It's a 1400 year old pattern, one group opens the gates and the other serves as a proxy army and both have a common goal, the eradication of out-groups but especially European Christians. But there is another pattern that has played out over the 1400 years of genocidal collusion, the small hats are exposed as the malignant cancer they are to every society they insinuate themselves into because they will never turn against their proxy army no matter the cost to their in-group peons

  • ee1774

    There's gotta be an app for this……
    It's 2020 for God's sake!
    And what about nearby towns?
    Why should they have to put up with that?
    The slope just keeps getting more and more slippery……