Google Reviews of the Växjö mosque
And there is the simple matter of noise, especially for those trying to sleep. The mosque that had made the application stressed that it was asking for prayers to be broadcast only at lunchtime, and only on Fridays, so it would hardly cause great inconvenience. Others responded that if this was allowed, based on an argument for religious freedom, why not allow the call each day, and why not all five prayer times each day, with the possible exception of the Fajr (dawn) prayer.
These disputes are complex and tense enough already, and there are no ready answers, but a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on “disparaging religious doctrines” is likely to make them, and similar controversies, very much worse. As has been widely reported, on October 25, 2018, the Court ruled that criticizing aspects of Islam and perhaps other religions could be outlawed if it “conflicts with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.” The judges were focused on a purported insult to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad by Austrian activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and their decision has rightly been criticized as virtually constituting a new blasphemy law. But, like blasphemy laws and accusations throughout the world, it will inevitably poison and often criminalize argument, debate and dispute about religion.