Historic call to prayer rings out from the Baitul Futuh Mosque
Merton Council has granted permission for a call to prayer (Azan)to be made at dusk for each of the last four days of Ramadan at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden.
The mosque which has been closed in line with the Government’s guidelines for all places of worship, has thanked Merton Council for allowing them to mark the end of Ramadan.
Since the pandemic, Muslims have been observing Congregational prayers at home, whereas normally during the holy month of Ramadan the mosques would be extremely busy during times of prayer.
The Azan marks the end of the fast each day, which is a very special moment for Muslims.
The public call to prayer will last less than five minutes and will be made for one of the five daily prayers.
Rafiq Hayat, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK, said: “The mosque has been a landmark in Morden for 17 years and it has been unusual for it not to be packed during prayers in the holy month of Ramadan.
“We host many interfaith and charity events here and have also been helping neighbours, the vulnerable and frontline staff during the current crisis.
“Allowing the call to prayer is a wonderful gesture by the council and means a lot to us.
“We will certainly be praying for them and all others during these difficult times.”
The call for prayer will be held daily until Saturday, May 23.