German court dismisses holidaymakers' compensation claim, ruling Adhan is akin to ringing of church bells
A German couple has failed in their attempt to sue a travel agent after they claimed their holiday to Turkey was ruined by the Muslim call to pray.
The man and woman, who have not been publicly named, demanded half of the £1,900 ($3,192) they spent on an all-inclusive trip to the five-star Angora Beach Resort Hotel, claiming the holiday was ruined by the “noise” of the Adhan at a nearby mosque five times a day because they were unable to relax, according to newspaper The Local.
They also complained that an armrest was missing from a chair during their flight to Turkey and they endured a bumpy landing on the return leg.
They filed the complaint against a travel agent in Hanover but a court last week dismissed the case, finding the travel agent, which has not been named, was not at fault.
The judge said the couple should have expected to be exposed to the sounds of the call to prayer because the hotel was located in the centre of town and it was a Muslim country.
He said it was akin to the ringing of church bells in Germany.
“The complainants should have taken this authentic sound into account while booking for the resort,” the court said.
“The call to prayer is customary in Turkey and is comparable with church bells in a Christian country.
“This does not constitute a deficiency of service.”
The court also ruled that the bumpy landing was due to the weather, something that was beyond the control of the travel agent.
“Since any landing is dependent on the weather conditions, over which the air carrier has no influence, flight passengers have to expect to deal with isolated cases of rough touch downs,’ the court said.