DUBAI - Iran's parliament has banned on airplanes from flying in the
country during the Azan call to Islamic prayer, the semi-official Mehr
news agency reported on Wednesday.
"According to the new
directive, airplanes are banned from flying during Azan, especially
during the call to morning prayers," Mehr quoted the spokesman for
parliament's cultural committee Ali Taheri as saying.
The head of
the Aviation Organization, Hamid Reza Pahlevani, said aircraft will be
allowed to take off 30 minutes after the call to the morning prayer so
that passengers have the time "to carry out their religious duties", the
Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.