Getting permission for the call to prayer in Växjö was just the beginning for Sweden’s Muslims. While a clear majority of Swedes are against broadcasting the Call to Prayer, Muslims now seem to want them all over the country, Fria Tider reports.
Avdi Islami, spokesman of Växjö’s Muslim Foundation, explains that he wants more mosques to do the same as in Växjö and apply for permission for prayer calls, so that the Muslim message can be heard across the country.
“We want to call out at more places. There are many Muslims who are Swedish citizens, who have the same rights as everyone else,” he says.
At the same time, Islami says the intention is not to “disturb” anyone. According to him, however, Sweden must respect that people have “different messages”. He denies that Swedes fear that Islam is now spreading in the country.
Today there are Calls to Prayer in three places in Sweden – Karlskrona, Fittja and now last in Växjö. On Tuesday, the police announced that they accepted Växjö Muslim’s application to send prayer calls via speakers at the local mosque once a week, every Friday.