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Coronavirus pushes BBC to broadcast Azaan for first time in UK

The imam reads verses from the Quran and hadiths of Prophet (Pbuh) before giving the sermon and leading the audiences in prayers

Update : 09 Apr 2020, 01:19 PM

As coronavirus pandemic led to the shutdown of mosques around the world, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) broadcasts Azaan across Britain for the first time.

Muslims in the UK can now listen to Azaan broadcast on BBC radio, reports Washington based Next LifeStyle TV Channel. 

Reportedly, several imams lead the 5:50am telecasts every week on Friday from 14 regional radio stations on BBC.

The imam reads verses from the Quran and hadiths of Prophet (Pbuh) before giving the sermon and leading the audiences in prayers. 

The program is named, “Islamic Reflections.” The broadcasts have been made to help the Muslim community in the month of Ramadan. 

The stations’ audiences are in parts of Britain with large Muslim communities — Leeds, Sheffield, Lancashire, Manchester, the West Midlands, Leicester, Stoke, Derby, Nottingham, Coventry and Warwickshire, the Three Counties, Merseyside, Berkshire, and London.

“Local radio is all about connecting communities, and we hope these weekly reflections will go some way to helping Muslims feel a sense of community while they are isolating,” said Chris Burns, the head of BBC Local Radio.

Places of worship throughout Britain have been closed since March 23 in one of the measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

The BBC also broadcasts Christian services on Sundays of its local and national stations.

The Azaan, which began last Friday, will continue for as long as Muslims are unable to attend their local mosques. 

There are also plans for regular broadcasts for other religious minorities, such as the Hindu and Jewish communities, the BBC said.

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