According to the Hessian state government, muezzin calls are also possible without permission. “Contrary to the assumption of the questioners, Muslim calls to prayer, with or without loudspeakers, do not require a permit (under immission control law); permits have therefore not been issued and therefore cannot be withdrawn or revoked,” the CDU/CSU-green state government replied to a parliamentary question from the AfD parliamentary group.The reason given in the parliamentary reply was that the loudspeakers used for the Islamic call to prayer are installations that do not require a permit. The government does not have an overview of the municipalities in Hesse where the muezzin call is heard.The background to the question was, among other things, a ruling by the Münster Higher Administrative Court, which had decided in autumn that the Ditib congregation in the town of Oer-Erkenschwick may again call for prayers via loudspeakers. A resident had previously filed a complaint against the exemption granted by the city under immission control law and had been successful in the court at first instance.In its question, the AfD had complained that the Islamic call to prayer was “often met with massive disapproval from the non-Muslim population concerned, who see the muezzin call as an expression of Islamic claims to dominance and a violation of their own religious and cultural identity”.The opposition party also raised the question of whether the muezzin call does not constitute an interference in the sense of negative religious freedom. This is understood to mean the freedom not to have a faith or not to have to make a religious confession. The Hessian government, however, took a different view: “In a society that gives space to different beliefs, there is no right to be spared from contact with deviant expressions of faith or religious symbols, even under the aspect of so-called negative religious freedom.”The alien calls to prayer cause political debates again and again. The Green Party in Gelsenkirchen recently spoke out in favour of a public muezzin call and introduced a motion to this effect in the Council for Migration and Integration.