Indonesian mosques told to tone down
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Indonesian Muslims perform an evening prayer called 'tarawih' marking the first eve of the holy fasting month of Ramadaan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. The approximately 800 000 mosques in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country go into overdrive during Ramadaan, noisily blasting out Qur'anic verses from the early hours. But the Mosques Council, an independent body which groups many of the country's mosques, said it had asked the places of worship to cut back on their use of loudspeakers.
The mosques begin their sermons earlier than usual in Ramadaan, when Muslims forgo food, drink and sex between dawn and dusk, as they call people for the “sahur” breakfast that is eaten each day before fasting begins. Masudi said it was acceptable for mosques to use loudspeakers for the short call to prayer but they should limit their use beyond that.
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