Starting this Friday, students at Duke University will be hearing a 1 p.m. Muslim call to prayer.
According to WRAL, “members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant the call, known as adhan or azan, from the Duke Chapel bell tower.”
Officials from Duke said in a statement that the prayer will last three minutes and be moderately amplified.
“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.”
“This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission,” said Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life. “It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation.”