“Deliberate provocation” call to prayer on TV

TELEVISION broadcaster Channel 4 has been broadcasting Adhan during the holy month of Ramadan.

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The broadcaster said it was a deliberate act of provocation aimed at those who associated Islam with extremism.

Channel 4 has been broadcasting the call to prayer at around 3am for the duration of the holy month.

On the first day of Ramadan it interrupted its programming four times with Adhan with a 20 second clip to tell viewers of the approaching prayer time.

Before Ramadan, head of factual programming at Channel 4, Ralph Lee said: “The calls to prayer prompt Muslims to carry out quiet moments of worship, but hopefully they’ll also make other viewers sit up and notice that this event is taking place.

“Observing the adhan on Channel 4 will act as a nationwide tannoy system, a deliberate ‘provocation’ to all our viewers in the very real sense of the word.”

He went onto say that he expected criticism for focusing on a minority religion but he said that Islam was one of the few religions that was “flourishing”.

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