Iran has issued a ban on airplanes flying inside and out of Iran during azan, the Islamic call to prayer, spokesman of Iranian parliament's cultural commission, Seyyed Ali Taheri said, Fars reported.
Taheri noted that the directive was issued by the Civil Aviation organization of Iran.
The adhan, or azan (as pronounced in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey), is the Islamic call to prayer, recited by the muezzin at prescribed times of the day.
Adhan is called out by the muezzin in the mosque five times a day, summoning Muslims for mandatory prayers.
According to the directive issued on Nov. 26, the flight is to be suspended for at least half an hour, if the take-off and azan fall to the same time.
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.
The head of the Aviation Organization, Hamid Reza Pahlevani, said aircrafts 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.
Iran has practiced Shariah law since its 1979 Islamic revolution. Islamic leaders have pressed for stricter enforcement of religious measures since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won office in 2005 promising a return to the revolution's values.
Taheri also said serious attention will be given to observing the strict Islamic dress code for women working at airports or airline companies.
Women in Iran are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose clothing to protect their modesty. Violators can be flogged, fined or imprisoned.