Duke University to Broadcast Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah Is Great’

Bell TowerDURHAM, N.C. — Concerns are being raised after Duke University’s student paper announced this week that the Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast from university’s bell tower each Friday.

“Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16,” Duke Today outlined in a report on Tuesday. “The chant, called the ‘adhan,’ announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement each Friday at 1 p.m.”

The university further outlines that the adhan, customarily performed in Arabic, “is typically chanted from the minaret of the mosque to remind the faithful of prayer five times a day.” But in this case, it will be held weekly as an invite to Muslims on campus to participate in the Friday high prayers.

“I bear witness that there is none worthy of being worshiped except Allah,” the adhan declares. “I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. … Allah is most great.”

“Students passing by the chapel quad at 12:45 p.m. on a Friday afternoon might catch sight of the student muezzin facing Mecca in the chapel tower,” Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life, wrote in a piece for the News Observer. “If those same students do not have earbuds in, they might catch a strain of the Arabic proclamation, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ which means ‘God is great!’ And, if they are so inclined, they might say a quick prayer under their breath or even pause for a moment’s reflection.”

Duke University, which was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the 1800’s and carries the motto “Knowledge and Faith,” notes that it hired its first full-time Muslim chaplain in 2009 and also launched its Center for Muslim Life that same year. It says that there are more than 700 students at the Bible Belt university that identify as Muslim.

While Duke University has a variety of student groups on campus, and according to CNN, has “dedicated spaces … for various faiths, including Jews, Hindus and Buddhists” as well as Christians, officials at the university says that their latest decision to allow the Muslim call to prayer at the bell tower demonstrates the institution’s diversity.

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“This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission,” Sapp told the student newspaper. “It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation.”

But some are expressing concern that Islam is being welcomed and accommodated so easily in light of the violence that thousands of Muslims are committing worldwide in the name of Allah, whom they believe has called them to take over the world with Sharia law.

“I wonder how Duke or atheists would feel if Christians wanted to recite the Lords Prayer once a week?” Tweeted local radio talk show host Bill LuMaye.

Franklin Graham said that sponsors should withhold their funding until Duke ends the practice.

“As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

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  • Gary

    Duke would close its doors before it would allow the Gospel to be preached in such a manner. The wicked shall do wickedly, as the Bible says.

    • Ralph Spoilsport II

      Why are you lying about Duke U?


      In the tower of Duke Chapel is a 50-bell carillon, played on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services and special events.

      • Reason2012

        Playing bells is the same as saying on the loud speaker “Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father (God) but by Him”? Hardly.

        Why are you being disingenuous?

  • James Grimes

    Duke has opened Pandora’s Box here. Will they be enabling Christian students to meet and pray. Will it become a University officially sponsored event?

    • Ralph Spoilsport II

      You’re ignorant, aren’t you?


      In the tower of Duke Chapel is a 50-bell carillon, played on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services and special events.

      • James Grimes

        You’re a clown. Now, take a hike and get lost.

        • Ralph Spoilsport II

          If only the bible condemned spreading false gossip — oh wait, it does.

          If only you would follow what the bible says about spreading false gossip.

  • TheBBP

    I wonder if the overly-involved folks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation will jump on this and threaten lawsuits till it ends.

    • Kathryn Evans

      No, they only harass religions that don’t threaten to lop off their heads….they are cowards.

    • Ralph Spoilsport II

      I wonder if the overly-involved folks at the Freedom From Religion Foundation will jump on this and threaten lawsuits till it ends.

      No, they recognize that no law is being broken.

  • Duke will now not have any excuse for people freely preaching the Gospel. Christians at Duke must make their witness visible on a grand scale.

    • Ralph Spoilsport II

      Why do you assume they disallow it?


      In the tower of Duke Chapel is a 50-bell carillon, played on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services and special events.

      • A Pa

        Ralph, I just couldn’t take it anymore. You keep repeating the same thing over and over again hoping that people won’t notice how glaringly wrong you are.

        Are you really comparing a ringing church bell to a man chanting, ‘There is only one God, and Muhammad is his prophet” over a loudspeaker?

        A ringing church bell is now comparable to a man chanting, “Alluah Akbhar” (God is great) over a loudspeaker?

        Alluah Akbhar is commonly shouted after Islamic terrorists committ acts of barbarism against those they oppose. After the attacks in France and the tension amongst Muslims and non-Muslims around the world, I think it would be highly insensitive to have Alluah Akbhar chanted through a loudspeaker every Friday on campus.

        But I just wanted to log on and make sure that Ralph realizes that he is making a false equivalency with the church bell vs adnan comparison. I think he knows it but he is just hoping no one else will. Sorry Ralph….we caught on to you. It wasn’t that hard.

        • Reason2012

          Of course he is – They wouldn’t dare stand for declaring on the loud speaker how “Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father (God) but by Him”

          This is islamic indoctrination, nothing less, and blatant discrimination against Christianity – this when islam commands them to_kill Christians and they do so daily – now in our Christian Nation we allow them to dictate what gets blared over loud speakers every week about how great allah and muhammed are.

        • Ralph Spoilsport II

          Are you really comparing a ringing church bell to a man chanting

          Yes, it’s the same bell tower.

          ‘There is only one God, and Muhammad is his prophet” over a loudspeaker?

          They’re both amplified.

          But I just wanted to log on and make sure that Ralph realizes that he is making a false equivalency with the church bell vs adnan comparison.

          I don’t “realize” that at all. This is another case of some rightwing Christians going insane over Muslims.

  • Disqusdmnj

    If they allow any, they have to allow all. Better to allow none and remain neutral.

  • Kathryn Evans

    If Duke University does not ring the bell on Sundays to call Christians to prayer, then neither should the adhan be used.

  • Fundisi

    Sadly the Methodist Church itself has become apostate in recent decades and so it is most unfortunate that a University they Founded has turned atheist. Atheist? Yes, that is what pluralism is, as if they believed God exists they would submit to Him only, as they suffer all gods, they are atheist.

  • Norma Ross

    A university should not be doing this. Muslims should not have the right to broadcast their religion. Who at Duke University agreed to this awful thing?

    • Ralph Spoilsport II


      In the tower of Duke Chapel is a 50-bell carillon, played on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and before and after Sunday worship services and special events.

      • Norma Ross

        Who O.K.ed this practice?

        • Ralph Spoilsport II

          What does that have to do with your attitude that Muslims shouldn’t have the same rights as Christians?

          • Norma Ross

            Christians have no rights on the campus, so why should Muslims? You are evading my question.

          • Ralph Spoilsport II

            Christians have no rights on the campus

            Now you’re just lying.

            You are evading my question.

            1) your question was a red herring
            2) how am I supposed to know who OK’d it?
            3) you’re a liar. Why should I bother answering a liar?

          • Reason2012

            Do they also chant on the loud speaker every Friday how “Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father (God) but by Him” ?

            No, they don’t.

            So what’s this “same right as Christians” you speak of?

          • Ralph Spoilsport II

            Do they also chant on the loud speaker every Friday how “Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father (God) but by Him” ?

            No, they don’t.

            Because that isn’t what Christians do. You may as well ask if Jews announce their sabbath — no, they don’t. That’s not what they do.

            If things were reversed, and traditionally Christians had a call and Muslims played music, people here would now be complaining about the music.

          • Reason2012

            Hello. Christians DO preach the gospel. If it’s allowed to get on the loudspeaker and proclaim the truth of islam, then Christians should be able to do likewise.

            If they want to claim Jesus is not God (implicitly) but allah is and muhammad is, others should be allowed to get on the loudspeaker and proclaim otherwise.

          • Ralph Spoilsport II

            Hello. Christians DO preach the gospel. If it’s allowed to get on the loudspeaker and proclaim the truth of islam, then Christians should be able to do likewise.

            And what did they say when you asked them?

            Oh, nobody has done that?

  • SteveN

    I’m betting that the ACLU and FFRF are too cowardly to launch any lawsuits over this. Atheist trolls please weight in.

    • Ralph Spoilsport II

      I’m betting that the ACLU and FFRF are too cowardly to launch any lawsuits over this.

      No, they both recognize that no law is being broken.

    • James Grimes

      They will troll right in.

  • pastoredsmith

    This is the same school that threw Chick-Fil-A off campus in 2013 because of “concerns” from the homosexual community. No, they won’t allow the free practice of Christianity. That would be “offensive.” I say, close the school. They are no longer educators but indoctrinators..

  • Fundisi

    In cowardly fashion anti-Christ Duke University backs down, no loudspeaker calls to prayer; but, they will allow such prayer and calls to prayer on the campus grounds.

  • Evangelina Vigilantee

    Amen Donald. It is a free arena for everyone now and Christians should take advantage of it. Recite a hymn or prayer from the same place publicly and evangelize because that is ‘religious pluralism’ etc. It’s only fair! If anyone complains, hey, discrimination lawsuits here we come!!!

  • John Mark IB

    ha ha we get worried at this Islamic stuff don’t we? maybe we well should but there is hope and here it is!! so but let’s relax for just a minute, we’ve basically been allowed to be alive and to take part in times such as these so, hey folks here’s my take on this, ok first to us born again
    believers in The True and Living GOD, the LORD Jesus Christ, or Yeshua Ha Masshiach, Jesus The Messiah I say this, we know this is simply signs of the terrible times that are very clearly and obviously moving rapidly towards, the ultimate and final conclusion for the times of the gentiles must be fulfilled, then GOD is going to deal with the remaining 7 years left on the Daniel 490 years period, dealing with His chosen Nation His beloved eternal City center of the earth Jerusalem/Yerushalayim,
    see hope here for the muslim and all, and please be aware and learn the Truth about the false religion of peace that kills in the name of their false god the god of this world satan ha satan!! don’t fear them witness to them!!
    simple enough so now if these muslims are being allowed to do what we’ve allowed them to do to us, or is being allowed as a wake up call maybe like it’s maybe too late? then just like the GOD haters the atheists we need to use the same tactics and say ok look you’re allowed to broadcast your annoying false noise over college campus loudspeakers then we too want to be allowed to do the same, seriously?
    why aren’t we as truly vocal and vociferous? and boisterous? as these guys who only plan on our destruction in the name of the moon god? or simply put satan the god of this world etc.,? and funny but wasn’t duke catholic at one time or were they supposedly Christian? because if they were then indeed times are now just so closely knocking on the end times door, post Christian modernism and pluralism, but our own Christian liberty in this Country and the others to have fallen to this verminous religion of hatred and murderers, uncivilized animals who lust for blood lust child killing rapists women abusers and haters etc., in the name of supposed religion of peace ha ha really and our leaders love this??

    well, we’ve allowed them to do what they do best, move in under our own laws, like they did/do in the other fallen England Germany France Amsterdam ad nauseum and well they have in their minds set foot on land now for islam and allah so they will use our very own system for our demise, and they will use lying and deception called taqiya or takiya so called holy lying so trust not one of them softly speaking lies, so don’t believe them when they speak how do you know they’re lying to you? their mouth is moving!!
    if we were truly living our faith and belief in our Risen LORD and Savior as we truly should then we should be giving them the gospel and a every turn countering them with The Real Truth that we know!! period!! thanks for reading and thanks for allowing this post in this forum, sorry to be so brutal but it’s my take, oh and here’s hope pass it on and give them the gospel too as many as you can if they read it fine if not it’s in GOD’S Hands, and if you’ve read this far and your an unbeliever or a dear lost muslim seeking truth then here’s the hope see may GOD bless you all with love peace and joy always in Jesus name amen!



  • John Mark IB

    and one more item for thought, it’s amazing isn’t it? and
    who would’ve ever thought in our life in our times? we’d be witnessing this ??
    hasn’t anyone noticed that the odd ball out and the “bad guy” in all of this is well?? what is it…….????? it’s……….ta-da!! it’s Christianity or even professed
    Bible believing and Biblical Christianity!! not islam, gee really well how in the world can this be?? who’s the ones killing and murdering and slaughtering etc.,?? really folks?? how ironic and yet how blind and deceived a world in which we live today??

    isn’t it funny how like the others say below they kicked out the horribly terrible Chic Fil-A for being what ?? ouch, come on now you just hurt my feelings!! and have a difference of opinion!! and disagree with the new im-moral majority?? never mind the fact that they’re supposedly Christian??

    whoops there it is again, that repugnant word “Christian” and oh well wait a minute those horrible Christians well they’re responsible for all the killings in the name of religion in all the world, it’s those horrible, murderous, pathetic, terrible, rapists, women and children slavery, cutting mutilating ( the woman’s clitoris or whatever it is they do in those countries, against GOD’S creation for her own body? that He created for her)women privates, forcing children to murder, chopping off heads, and those Christians chanting the name of their GOD killing in the name of Jesus, how terrible and how horrible, we must not permit them to be allowed to teach in our schools, that we all pay for but are FED govt. run of course ha ha! but, yes folks it’s those horrible Christians, responsible for all the world’s evils and problems well if we could just silence them we’d be free right?? let them have their cake folks they’ll soon be crying for the old Time Religion,

    does anyone not get it? wow times are indeed short even at the doors, for this madness and stupidity to be going on, it’s open season on Christianity, always has been and always will be but Jesus says give me your best shot and then takes the blows shed’s his blood for them and us so we didn’t have to and because we couldn’t do it ourselves only He was and is Worthy!!

    see hope here: for all faiths give this to all your friends saved and lost spread it like wildfire get the Word out in all manner of ways but every email should include the links very easy to do!! see below and
    let’s just go all out folks!! it’s high time to go gospel hog wild!! and give them the gospel like never before! ok, the True and Living LORD Jesus will not be stopped from their agenda to destroy His Word here’s hope pass it on thanks for allowing this post and this forum, if we can reach even just one of them that are lost it’s worth it!! GOD bless you all with love joy and peace, always in Jesus name amen!





    folks if you’re an American see the video on the muslim brotherhood or the video course and learn this is interesting and very important to know about, and never trust them for one second to them it’s holy to lie but that vile religion of Christianity says you really shouldn’t lie ha ha oh the joys of the irony of this crazy world in which we live really??? even the false Jehovah’s witnesses believe it’k to lie to you ha ha no different still a false religion and a cult…


    and the course it’s a bit long but in parts you’ll get through it pass it on


    oh and beware the terrible Christians ha ha especially the ones telling people and giving out gospel tracts and telling about Jesus!! ha ha being sarcastic of course!!

    at the very least give them these 2 sites that explain and give the message of the True Gospel!! thanks



  • John Mark IB

    and another one just food for thought folks, not very long ago down from the ghetto neighborhood where we live, in the city we live in, we live in is a mixed races or ethnic area and different colors, but in the black community that we travel through daily to get to the main streets they opened up a small strip mall with a barber as usually happens, but next to the barber shop on the end, and I believe they’re part of this same ownership, or group, they created a Dawhali islam Islamic center,
    I wonder how long before a real Christian who isn’t afraid will go and confront them and maybe street preach in front of their shop?? I’d probably be hung or shot or they’d think I was nuts but I’m seriously considering it but have no street preaching experience and well yes I’m a bit intimidated because I’m not the same color but please pray that I will practice what I’m actually preaching here and just get my nerve up and ask The Holy Spirit to guide my Words as His own and preach them the gospel of Jesus!! I need your prayers to do this folks, thanks
    oh well, isn’t it nice to know in all probability that there’ll be one near you soon??

  • John Mark IB

    I just wish our Jewish friends and us could come together now more than ever, even though they too don’t regard Jesus as the Messiah at least the majority Jewish mainstream does, but we need, or surely could use, their support, and they could surely use ours in this fight against islam, oh well but I stand with Israel!! always and forever!!


    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

  • Reason2012

    Do they broadcast every Friday from the bell tower that “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

    Of course they do not.

    This is how you know that Christ is the truth of God, not any of these false religions including islam: Because the world loves false religions and hates the truth, which is Christ. You can_kill thousands of Americans in the name of a false religion (Islam_in this case) and Americans will bend over backwards to help you build a church where you did it. Hand out a tract about Christ? You’re met with the utmost hatred and tried to be shut down.

    “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
    John 15:18-19

    Stand up to this anti-Christian, pro-islam indoctrination in the name of “equal rights”, when it’s clearly discrimination.

  • Reason2012

    I would think again: islam is a political system of domination via hate and murder, disguised as a religion by religious-sounding bits thrown in. Read the parts that clearly demands such hateful murder of everyone who claims to be a muslim (and this is what they do daily):

    Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors. (3:110)

    Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. (9:29)

    Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe. (8:55)

    O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves? (4:144)

    O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk. (5:51)

    They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary (5:17)

    For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies (4:101)

    O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty. (9:123)

    The Jews call Ezra a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! (9:30)

    Listen not to the unbelievers, but strive (Jihad) against them with the utmost strenuousness. (25:52)

    Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies and others besides, whom ye may not know (8:60)

    Strive hard (Jihad) against the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell,- an evil refuge indeed. (66:9, See also 9:73)

    …He whom Allah sendeth astray, for him there is no guide. For them is a penalty in the life of this world, but harder, truly, is the penalty of the Hereafter… (13:33-34)

    Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace… (9:14)

    And fight them until there is no more ftna (unbelief, worshipping others beside Allah), and religion is all for Allah… (8:39)

    We shall punish them gradually from directions they perceive not. (68:44)

    Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.” This because they contended against Allah and His Messenger: If any contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment. (8:12-13)

    O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a hundred (steadfast) they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence (8:65)

    Not equal are those of the believers who sit at home… and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and lives” (4:95)