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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Channel 4's positive approach

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

The Channel 4 in the UK, which is usually get involved in controversial issues, has decided to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer live every morning during Ramadan.

In some sources this is being considered as a deliberate act of ‘provocation’ aimed at viewers who associate Islam with terrorism and extremism.

A senior Channel 4 executive has defended that the broadcaster’s decision to provide extensive coverage of the most significant event in the Islamic calendar by suggesting that Ramadan was of great interest to its viewers than the ‘blanket coverage’ given to the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation by its rival channels.

The Channel 4 News weather forecast will feature the sunrise and sunset times, to guide those fasting between those hours, and each of the daily ‘Azans’ will be broadcast live. Islam is one of the few religions that is flourishing, actually increasing in the UK, despite adverse publicity by certain groups.

The Channel 4 is targeting the young followers and it was reported that half of British Muslims are below 25 years of age.

Channel 4’s commitment has been welcomed by the Muslim Council of Britain. It has said in a statement; ‘This is a very special month for Muslims and its recognition on a mainstream channel is not only symbolic for belonging and solidarity but will hopefully help to portray a more realistic account of Islam and Muslims.’

The Channel 4 has said that the prayer will be transmitted directly into British living rooms at the exact time Muslims prepare for their first prayers and as they begin their fast every morning during Ramadan.

The ‘Azan’ is expected to be delivered by the leading ‘Muazzin’, Hassen Rasool. Muslims all over praise Channel 4 for its positive thought; Bravo Channel 4!

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