Mayor Eric Adams announced on Tuesday that mosques in New York City will no longer need a permit to broadcast the call to prayer on Fridays and during Maghrib prayers each night of the holy month of Ramadan.
The police department’s community affairs bureau will work with mosques to ensure that the sound levels are appropriate. Houses of worship can broadcast up to 10 decibels over the ambient sound level, the mayor’s office said.
“For too long, there has been a feeling that our communities were not allowed to amplify their calls to prayer,” Adams said. “Today, we are cutting red tape and saying clearly that mosques and houses of worship are free to amplify their call to prayer on Fridays and during Ramadan without a permit necessary.”