Masjid-Al-Aman is a mosque that sits near the border of Queens and Brooklyn in East New York, and offers prayers five times a day. But some residents say the mosque's azan, or call to prayer, is a nuisance—neighbors have filed 156 noise complaints against Masjid-Al-Aman.
"They have to have some consideration for us—it's noisy. Too, too noisy," one neighbor gripes, adding that she can't get used to the azan "because you have no idea when it's going to happen."
Not true, says one of the mosque's congregants: “Calling to prayer for a Muslim, five times a day, is a no-brainer. It’s an absolute necessity.”
Tadia Toussaint is a freelance print and video journalist based in New York City. She is a Master’s Candidate of the CUNY School of Journalism and a McGrawHill Scholar concentrating in business reporting.