Mosques should ban loudspeakers: Javed Akhtar

Published: February 9, 2018
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PHOTO: INDIAN EXPRESS

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Sonu Nigam sparked controversy last year when he gave two cents on banning loudspeakers in mosques. His rant on Azaan and mosques landed the singer in hot waters after Twitterati slammed his views, while many other celebs came forward to oppose his stance on the matter.

Now, Bollywood’s ace lyricists Javed Akhtar shocked fans with a tweets that openly supports Nigam on his thoughts regarding Azaan.

The lyricist shared on Twitter , “This is to put on record that I totally agree with all those including Sonu Nigam who want that loudspeakers should not be used by the mosques and for that matter by any place of worship in residential areas.”

Last year, the azaan row went on for weeks and even resulted in Nigam shaving his head after a Muslim cleric announced a reward of INR1 million for anyone who will tonsure the singer.

At the time, several Bollywood bigwigs added their voice to the controversy, but this new year, the conversation around the issue seems to have been reprised with Akhtar’s tweet.

Talking to Times Now, Nigam thanked Akhtar on his support.

“Taking a stand with me at this point is perhaps the best time, since I have some issues with my security. Most didn’t take stand for me for their own reasons,” said the Sun Zara singer.

No need to fuel this anymore: Sonu Nigam on azaan row

“They can take a stand for Padmaavat,  but they couldn’t take a stand for me when I was facing death threats,” added Nigam.

Previously, the singer’s Azaan row went on for months. The singer blew up a controversy when he lashed out at “forced religiousness” in India after being woken up by the Azaan from a mosque near his home.

He was trolled by Muslim community members and organisations with protests and some planning to move to court against him.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 9, 2018 - 3:22PM

    The very idea of loud speakers was to wake up the public early from the pre-alarm-clock days . Mezzanines were supposed to have loud / heavy voices . Not just mosques even many Hindu temples have early morning hymns blaring Speaking for myself – I find it a healthy /fresh practice . Recommend

  • Luqman Hafeez
    Feb 9, 2018 - 4:33PM

    How long does an Azan take? A minute or two? Let’s say it takes 2 minutes. That comes to 10 minutes out of 24 hours. Is that such a huge chunk of those 24 hours to make it such an issue? Does Mr. Akhtar even know what does Azan mean?Recommend

  • MAHMUD MAJEED
    Feb 9, 2018 - 5:19PM

    Islam does not want others to be bothered.Tahajjud Namaz is offered silently so the Namazi who is offering prayers does not disturb those who are sleeping. Similarly Zohara and Asr prayers are offered silently. So Azaan should not be loud enough to disturb all other religious group who does not to be bothered.Recommend

  • Xyz
    Feb 9, 2018 - 5:30PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    It’s a nuisance for people when so many of them work long hours or even work night shifts. In many places it’s hard to rent out residential properties near mosques just because of this issue.Recommend

  • Umair
    Feb 9, 2018 - 6:00PM

    I am not expecting this type of statement from a muslim person. Javed akhtar should supposed to support muslim. very shameful act by javed sahb.Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 9, 2018 - 9:47PM

    @Luqman Hafeez: Its not about the duration. If i scream loudly in your ears for 10 seconds while you are in deep sleep and i say its just 10 seconds. Keep beliefs to self. Dont enforce it on others. Recommend

  • Sunny
    Feb 10, 2018 - 1:59AM

    I wonder what would happen if India and Pakistan are same country. They will make daily lives of Muslim citizens miserable. Thanks Jinnah for Pakistan!Recommend

  • JAY
    Feb 10, 2018 - 9:05AM

    Why Muslims defend everything about their religion so vigorously ? How many commenting above pay Zakat ? I am sure 1 percent the rest 99 will come out defending illogical things.Recommend

  • ZEN
    Feb 10, 2018 - 10:29AM

    Loudspeakers are banned in China and Pakistanis are happy.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Feb 10, 2018 - 11:46AM

    The point people need to understand, when temples and mosques are in residential areas and they all are loud it automatically segregates community. No wonder muslims do not live near temples and hindus near mosques. Any religious place should respect neighborhood sensitivities.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 10, 2018 - 3:44PM

    @Umair:
    There is nothing religious about what he said .he is talking about noise pollution .Recommend

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