Singer Sonu Nigam grabbed media attention following his tweet on azaan (the Islamic call to prayer) terming the use of loudspeakers as “forced religiousness” and “gundagardi”.
“God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam,” he posted.
The comments were talk of the online and ofline India throughout the day. Moreover, his tweet sparked heated debate on the twitter. “Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity. To wake up people who don’t follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus…” he tweeted to 5.94 million followers.
Also, 43-year-old singer criticised the use of loudspeakers in temple and gurudwara. “I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True?” [sic], he tweeted.
The issue of azaan from mike is discussed among Muslims too but it was the use of words that upset many.
Islamic scholar Zeenat Shaukat Ali agreed on the need to control loudspeakers but opposed Nigam’s indictment of Islamic practices. “I don’t disagree with Sonu Nigam if he’s speaking as an Indian about use of loudspeakers across all religions. But I disagree with his choice of words. It doesn’t befit a man of his position. We have to be a little mature, kindhearted and speak in a manner that will yield positive results and not make religion a factor. Especially at such times when Muslims are feeling cornered and discriminated against.”
In Okhla the topic dominated with many residents speaking over it.