Under the title “We even overpassed Iran”, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (11.11.15) reports about the issue occurred after a “court” in the breakaway regime prohibited the performance of Adhan (Muslims’ call to prayer) at the Morning Prayer time as well as other Arabic prayers after a lawyer filed a “complaint” saying that the noise bothers him.
The paper writes that Serden Hoca, who is one of the oldest members of the negotiation team of the Turkish Cypriot side, stated that last year has traveled to Iran and he has not heard the Adhan through loudspeakers at any of the cities that he visited. When he asked why, he was given the answer that the Adhan was not transmitted through loudspeakers due to respect towards pregnant women, eldest persons and young children.
Commenting on the issue, Afrika notes that neither the Turkish Cypriot political parties nor the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci made any statement on the prohibition of the performance of the call to prayer, which was published in a provocative way by some Media in Turkey. The paper claims that the Turkish Cypriot political parties have not reacted fearing that they could lose the votes of the settlers. The only party that commented about it was the United Cyprus Party (BKP). The party’s chairman Abdullah Korkmazhan said that the freedom of religion and the freedom or faith must be respected; however “court’s” decisions must be respected as well.
In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (11.11.15) reports that the “Alperen Hearth”, who is activated in Turkey, stated that is against the “court’s” decision and that it will work towards its cancellation. “Alperen Hearth” has also sent a letter to Akinci and to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan protesting on the prohibition of the performance of Adhan.