Channel 4 to broadcast azan during Ramadan

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Channel 4 will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning during Ramadan.

The film is part of an examination of the religious event which sees millions of Muslims around the world fast for a month.

The channel's head of factual programming Ralph Lee said it had previously been nearly invisible on mainstream TV.

Writing in the Radio Times, he said: "It's easy for non-Muslims to see Islam through a superficial prism of what is forbidden, and Ramadan through the physical hardship of fasting and control.

"For Muslims, however, Ramadan provides great physical and spiritual gains.

"It's a time of reformation and reflection, whether that's developing a greater awareness of the suffering of others, feeling a stronger affinity with their Muslim brothers and sisters around the world, or resolving to change the way they live their lives for the greater good."

The channel will also broadcast the traditional call to prayer, delivered by muezzin Hassen Rasool, online. It will be automatically played at the same time it is played in mosques around London.

Mr Lee said it would "act as a nationwide Tannoy system" and a provocation to viewers "in the very real sense of the word".

The channel's series about Ramadan, which begins later this month, will also include a documentary with Rashid Khan, a former rugby player who starred in the award-winning Make Bradford British, which examines how Muslims in Britain prepare for the holy month.

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3:43pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Gospel says...

All le luyah! Praise be to Allah the most supreme. May Ramadhan be a peaceful and prosperous month for all and allow its spiritual benefits to reach out near and far. This is a wonderful idea. Well done Channel 4.
All le luyah! Praise be to Allah the most supreme. May Ramadhan be a peaceful and prosperous month for all and allow its spiritual benefits to reach out near and far. This is a wonderful idea. Well done Channel 4. Gospel
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