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In Azerbaijan, religion is considered a private matter of every person, Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs, Head of Department Ali Hasanov, said at a meeting with Indonesian reporters in Baku. informs, the Indonesian news agency Antara reported.

Azerbaijan has a rule that the call to prayer (azan) should not be heard beyond a radius of 500 meters, Hasanov said.

"The prayer call for Muslims should not disturb people of other faiths," he noted.

He said the rule showed that Azerbaijan had high religious tolerance with Muslims and people of other religions not interfering with each other.

Azerbaijan, known as the Land of Fire, is home to Islam, as well as Christianity, Judaism, he noted.

Hasanov added that in Azerbaijan worship is a private matter.

“We do not know or should not know whether or not someone is following a religious practice, such as fasting,” he said. “I do not know whether my employees are fasting or not, and they do not need to know whether or not I am fasting.”

2018.06.02 / 17:55
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