North Cyprus News | Loudspeakers Calling Faithful to Prayer

loudspeakersNorth Cyprus News – Loudspeakers Calling Faithful to Prayer

There have been a few comments recently about the installation of new loudspeakers on electricity poles, used to call the Muslim faithful to prayer. In the case of Malatya, there are two loudspeakers installed on a pole near to the bedroom window of one of our neighbours. I have read on a local Bulletin Board that these prayers often occur in the early hours of the morning.

“Was anyone else woken up this morning at 5 10am by a loud speaker at full volume? It would appear that the local authorities have erected two speakers on the telegraph pole.”

There were mixed feelings on the BB, possibly related to how far the commentator lived from the speakers.

“You will get used to it. I lived in house below the Karsiyaka Mosque. I love the sound very spiritual. Also when somebody dies in the village will tell you of his death and time of funeral. Just a shock if loudspeakers just gone up and hear for first time, but I think lovely.”

To which the original posters comment was:

“Yes it’s not so bad in the day but 5am is a bit much and it’s so loud”

There were no suggestions about what to do apart from the obvious implied ‘it’s their country put up with it or leave’ but one joker did suggest:

“Get some kitchen roll and a ladder…”

One poster wondered why the loudspeakers had suddenly appeared recently and the comment in return was that:

“So that people who live further afield know it’s time for prayer. Must say only 2 people in the village went about 10 years ago maybe more now. I have noticed it is mainly the main land Turks use the mosque the most.”

Other comments were made less openly and were basically that Turkey pays for North Cyprus and so Turkey gets to do what it likes when it comes to religion. I’m not sure whether this suggestion of the progressive Turkification of North Cyprus is true but there have been a few examples of the north emulating Turkish practices, one of which is the requirement to bring your passport when paying your next Multimax Internet bill and the need to sign a contract which reflects Internet censorship practices common in Turkey.

 

 

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4 comments to North Cyprus News | Loudspeakers Calling Faithful to Prayer

  • Polly Marples

    Oh dear, Erdogan tightens his grip?

  • Cyprus Sue

    Whats that saying, “When in Rome”

    If you choose to live in another country with a different culture and religion, you have to respect the norms of its citizens. You might not agree with them but you do have to live with them.

    Personally I think dogs barking all night is a bigger problem and more disturbing. Again we have different values when it come to keeping pets. Isn’t it all part of doing your homework before you buy in another country?

  • fluter

    “If you choose to live in another country with a different culture and religion, you have to respect the norms of its citizens. You might not agree with them but you do have to live with them.”

    Maybe some foreigners who have moved to the UK should take notice of that?

  • Polly Marples

    Especially those who chose to betray their country of choice and birth and go to the middle east to fight against us and murder us.
    Then the parents of these traitors have the nerve to blame the British Government.

    You could not make it up.