Muslims can use loudspeakers to call Azan in the UK, but there are some restrictions. The use of loudspeakers for religious purposes is regulated by the Noise Act 1996. This act states that the use of loudspeakers between the hours of 11pm and 7am is prohibited, unless the local authority has granted an exemption.
In addition, the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes must not cause a nuisance to others. This means that the volume of the loudspeakers must be kept to a reasonable level, and the content of the Azan must not be offensive to others.
There have been some cases in the UK where the use of loudspeakers for Azan has been challenged. In 2013, a court in Birmingham ruled that the use of loudspeakers by a mosque was a nuisance to residents. However, in 2017, a court in London ruled that the use of loudspeakers by a mosque was not a nuisance.
The use of loudspeakers for Azan is a complex issue, and there is no easy answer. However, the law in the UK generally allows Muslims to use loudspeakers to call Azan, as long as they do not cause a nuisance to others.
Here are some of the factors that local authorities consider when granting exemptions for the use of loudspeakers for religious purposes:
- The time of day when the loudspeakers will be used.
- The volume of the loudspeakers.
- The content of the Azan.
- The impact of the loudspeakers on the local community.