SEEMS like even some Muslims have seen through Channel 4’s 3am broadcast of the Ramadan call to prayer – called the adhan – branding it “a politically correct gimmick”.
According to this report, the pros and cons of broadcasting the moronic wailings of muezzin Hassen Rasool, were the subject of a radio phone-in on the BBC’s Asian Network with most Muslims welcoming Channel 4’s decision.
But one caller caller from Bradford with its huge Muslim population asked:
Who’s going to be watching telly at 3 am?” Most of us are wiping sleep from our eyes and stuffing our faces with food before the fast begins – and in this present heat wave that’s no joke.
The broadcasts are being aired in the early for the duration of Ramadan.
Ralph Lee, the network’s head of programming said:
We are focusing on the positive aspects of Islam and hoping to explain to a broader public what Ramadan is, and what it means for the 2.8 million Muslims who take part in the UK and provide a platform for different views and different voices.
Lee described the decision as an act of “provocation” aimed at viewers who associate Islam with terrorism and extremism.
Fiyaz Mughal, CEO of the government-supported Faith Matters organization, said he saw the value of broadcasting the call to prayer but said the TV station should have consulted him before the decision was made.
After the terrible attack by two deranged Muslims on a 25-year old British soldier at Woolwich in south London, I understand why a lot of people don’t want to hear a Muslim call to prayer in their homes at three o’clock in the morning.
Others agree, saying the call to prayer will inflame community tensions so soon after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich in south London on May 22 this year.
Rigby served in Afghanistan with the British Army. He was hacked to death by two men with pangas (long,curved African swords) who claimed they were fulfilling the will of Allah. Muslims throughout Britain condemned the slaughter.
But in parts of UK, there’s mounting anger that so many Islamic fundamentalists are allowed to make provocative statements that they claim are based on the Koran.
The English Defence League and British National Party, two far-right organizations, condemned Channel 4. So has the anti-immigration organization the United Kingdom Independence Party and the popular Sun newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK.
Petitions are running on various websites with one calling on the public to boycott all goods and services advertised by Channel 4 during Ramadan.
The Sudanese-born author Nesrine Malik wrote in the Guardian on July 2 that Channel 4?s decision was “irresponsible and patronizing”.
Apparently, there is an urgent need, post-Woolwich in particular, to show that Islam is a religion of peace and sacrifice. This is an inherently contradictory stance. If there is such a charged atmosphere in the UK vis a vis Islam why ‘provoke’ people by projecting this message even more loudly? … It all rather smacks at busy-bodying do-goodery.