Day 0 – VIDEO – City of Calgary allows Public Adhan / Call to Prayer to be broadcast over Loudspeakers during Ramadan 2021 – George Chahal, Ward 5 City Councillor – Sheikh Jamal Hammoud – Akram Jomaa Islamic Centre

Shaikh Jamal Hammoud,

Imam of Akram Jomaa Islamic Centre in Calgary and on behalf of Muslim Council of Calgary,

Thanked City Councillor George Chahal for allowing Public Adhan Al Maghrib for the second Ramadan in a row.

Here is Shaikh Jamal Hammoud holding up the memo from the City of Calgary allowing Public Adhans in Calgary during Ramadan 2021 :



2021 April 9

To: Mayor Nenshi and Members of Council

From: Ryan Pleckaitis, Chief Bylaw Officer, Calgary Community Standards

RE: Ramadan 2021


In response to gathering restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The City of Calgary supported the Maghrib call to prayer to be broadcast over loudspeakers during Ramadan 2020. Recognizing continued challenges posed by the pandemic, Calgary Community Standards is pleased to advise that we will again support the sunset call for prayer being broadcast during Ramadan 2021. Supporting the sunset call to prayer is a small gesture intended to help lift spirits in a time of physical distancing and limited gatherings.

We will ask that the broadcast last no longer than five minutes in duration and not call on people to physically gather. We also respectfully request each participating location to notify the surrounding communities to inform of the intent to broadcast the sunset call for prayer, including the approximate date and time in advance of sunset April 13.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, charity and community. Ramadan 2021 is expected to commence (subject to the moon sighting) at sunset of Tuesday, April 13 and will continue for approximately 30 days. The call to prayer is delivered five times a day to remind Muslims to come to mandatory prayer. The Maghrib prayer (sunset prayer) is one of the five mandatory prayers and the approximate sunset time range is between 8:30pm on April 13 and 9:17pm on May 12.

Please let me know if you have questions that required additional information.



Ryan Pleckaitis
Chief Bylaw Officer, Calgary Community Standards”

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