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Submitted by b soetoro (Indonesia), Jan 17, 2010 at 06:15

The minaret was not the part of religion , its more a cultural. In Islam its perhap in early Islam the peoples need tower for people to call for prayer. When electronic era coming we dont need minaret any more, its happened in Indonesia, usually new small mosque not use minaret. Its much cheaper to install Panasonic loudspeaker, than built expensive minaret. But minaret already become part of so called Mosque Architectural especially in Ottoman Empire. To day even we can ban the loudspeaker, because we can subscribe from telecomunication operator via short message service(SMS) the accurate time for prayer, now, it become the trends in Indonesia. So my conclusion, who bans minaret and who defends minaret as part of religion were equal in stupidity!!!

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