Duke Chapel will issue a Muslim call to prayer from its bell tower each week beginning Friday.
Members of the Muslim Students Association will chant the "adhan" for roughly three minutes at moderate amplification, signaling the start of its prayer service in the chapel basement at 1 p.m., according to the university
. In majority Muslim countries, the adhan is broadcast on television, radio, and from mosques five times a day.
"The adhan is the call to prayer that brings Muslims back to their purpose in life, which is to worship God, and serves as a reminder to serve our brothers and sisters in humanity," said Imam Adeel Zeb, Muslim chaplain at Duke. "The collective Muslim community is truly grateful and excited about Duke’s intentionality toward religious and cultural diversity."
Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life, also mentioned diversity in a statement.
"This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke's mission. It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation," she said.
But not everyone's happy with the new development.
Franklin Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, took issue with the new accommodation.
"As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn't submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism," he wrote on his Facebook page
"I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed."
According to CNN
, Duke University was founded in the late 19th century with help from the Methodist church. Today, the school accommodates Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and more with dedicated resources.
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