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Egyptian female expat obtains permit to raise Adhan for first time in US city

A young Egyptian woman residing in the US has succeeded in obtaining a permit from authorities to allow the five Muslim calls to prayer (Adhan) to be raised through mosque loudspeakers for the first time in the city of Astoria, Oregon, US.

Egyptian woman, Rana Abdelhamid, who lives in the city of Astoria with her mother has obtained these official permits to raise the call to prayer.

Rana’s mother, Mona Elboghdady, posted on her Facebook page announcing Abdelhamid’s achievement.

She wrote in the post, which was widely circulated, on Facebook: “Praise be to God. O God, honor Islam and Muslims. After 31 years in the US, wishing I could hear the call to prayer in the street. Rana has today a permission to raise the call to prayer in loudspeakers in mosques for the first time in Astoria during the month of Ramadan.”

“Of course, she will certainly not call to prayer with her voice. It is the ‘muezzin’ of the mosque who will do,” she noted.

Elboghdady was showered with positive comments and pride in what Abdelhamid has done. Abdelhamid is founder of Hijabis of New York and the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment.

Elboghdady documented raising the call for prayer in the city in a videoclip she posted on her Facebook page.


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