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Duke University to Broadcast Muslim Prayers Across Campus

Something odd is happening… a University that was once a bastion of Christian faith and values has succumbed to the onslaught of Islam. Duke University, which once taught the true Gospel, has decided to become a beacon of Islamic teaching and faith. How sad that one of our “great” Univerisites has fallen so low…


 

As part of a bid to promote religious pluralism on campus, students at Duke University will be hearing something new on Friday afternoons: An Islamic prayer call.

The Islamic call to prayer, known as the adhan or azan, is typically issued five times a day from the minarets of a mosque. Starting this Friday, the chant will be broadcast weekly from the 200-foot-tall Duke Chapel bell tower at 1 p.m. in order to summon campus Muslims for their Friday afternoon congregational prayer, known as the jummah.

DukeThe chant lasts approximately three minutes and will be amplified, according to Duke Today. Like Muslims themselves, amplified adhan are relatively uncommon in most of the U.S., and in places where the practice has been implemented, it has sometimes caused friction with the local community.

“This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission,” Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life, told Duke Today. “It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation.”

Imam Adeel Zeb, the school’s chaplain for Duke Muslims, praised the school for its “intentionality towards religious and cultural diversity.” Zeb also told The Huffington Post that he hopes the practice will soon be adopted at other schools.

“This is going to be one of the first — if not the first — school to [do this] on a weekly basis. It can easily be done at other private schools, with a chapel, and it would be most welcome, and build interfaith bridges and bridges of common ground, humanity, love and peace with student bodies and administrations.”

 

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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