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Kileleshwa residents lodge complaint against ‘noisy Mosque’

Residents of Sierra Court in Kileleshwa are seeking the intervention of area MCA Robert Alai in a despite with an Islamic centre, that also serves as a mosque, over noise pollution.

In a letter written to Mr Alai, the residents said since the establishment of Darul Arqam Islamic Center, they have suffered from noise and an overflow of traffic.

However, they said, after engaging the management of the mosque they were able to address the noise pollution by switching off the speakers in the corridors of the mosque.

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The prayer calls, according to residents of Sierra Court, have become an inconvenience to them as they are forced to wake up very early.

“The major concern now is the noise emanating from the mosque as a result of installation of loud speakers. The residents are waken up early morning at 05h00 by a loud call for prayer/actual prayer. This also occurs during the day and in the night,” the letter reads in part.

“We as residents of Nyando Road are seeking to peacefully coexist with the mosque. However, the loudspeakers must be removed. The worshippers can quietly attend prayers without infringing on the rights of the neighbours. Our engagement with the management of the mosque haven’t resolved the matter. The purpose of this letter is to kindly seek your indulgence in helping the Nyando Road residents get back the much-needed peace,” the letter goes on.

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The Islam religion requires its faithful’s to pray five times in a day, including at Fajr (at dawn), Dhuhr (midday), Asr (aftrenoon), Maghrib (sunset) and Isha (at night).

The prayers are led by an Imam at the Mosque who makes the call for other faithful’s to join in the prayers.

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