Politics on loudspeaker: What does the High Court say on Azaan from the loudspeaker of the mosque? Questions have been raised from singer to Vice Chancellor TOU

Politics on loudspeaker: What does the High Court say on Azaan from the loudspeaker of the mosque?  Questions have been raised from singer to Vice Chancellor

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Politics on loudspeaker: What does the High Court say on Azaan from the loudspeaker of the mosque? Questions have been raised from singer to Vice Chancellor

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

published by: Himanshu Mishra
Updated Wed, 13 April 2022 06:59 PM IST

Summary

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has asked mosques to switch off loudspeakers, giving an ultimatum till May 3. On the other hand, the leaders of Shiv Sena and NCP have also issued a statement.

Political stir has once again intensified regarding loudspeakers.
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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has warned that loudspeakers installed at mosques in Maharashtra should be switched off by May 3, otherwise MNS workers will recite Hanuman Chalisa by using loudspeakers. After this statement of Thackeray, there has been a debate again across the country regarding loudspeakers. This is not the first time that there has been a controversy over the loudspeaker of the mosque and the spread of Azaan through it. Even before this, many times in the country there has been a struggle over Azaan with loudspeakers. The matter also reached the court.
Let us know sequentially that when there was a dispute regarding loudspeaker and what was the court’s say on it?

First know what Raj Thackeray said?
MNS chief Raj Thackeray was addressing a program. During this, he said, ‘The loudspeakers in mosques should be switched off by May 3, otherwise we will recite Hanuman Chalisa with loudspeakers. This is a social issue, not a religious one. I want to tell the state government, we will not go back on this matter, do whatever you want to do.’ He also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raid mosques in Muslim areas of Mumbai and said that the people living there are pro-Pakistan.

The matter pertains to April 17, 2017. Famous singer Sonu Nigam made four tweets one after the other at 5:25 am. Within a few hours, this tweet created a ruckus in the entire country. Sonu wrote, ‘God take care of everyone. I am not a Muslim, but I have to wake up with the sound of azaan. When will this imposed religiosity end in India? And by the way, when Mohammed made Islam, there was no electricity. Why do I have to hear this hoarse voice after the Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara that uses electricity to wake up people who don’t believe in religion. Why then? Honest? Truthful? It’s just hooliganism.
To be clear, Sonu was upset with the loudspeaker of the mosque. For the first time, this tweet started a discussion in the country regarding Azaan from loudspeaker. Many people supported Sonu and many people opposed. A fatwa was also issued against Sonu for shaving his head. Aas Mohammad, a resident of Sonipat district of Haryana, had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the statement given by singer Sonu Nigam regarding Azaan. To this, the court had said, “There is no doubt that azaan is an intrinsic part of Islam, but it is not necessary that it should be done through loudspeakers.” The bench of Justice AS Bedi, while hearing the petition filed against Sonu Nigam, said, ‘This petition has been filed to gain cheap popularity. He (Sonu Nigam) did not use the word ‘goondagardi’ for Azaan but for loudspeaker.

It is 17th March 2021. Allahabad University Vice Chancellor Prof. A letter from Sangeeta Srivastava suddenly came into the limelight. Prof. Sangeeta’s husband Justice Vikramnath Srivastava was the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court at that time. Pro. Sangeeta lives in the most posh area of ​​Prayagraj, Civil Lines. Pro. Sangeeta wrote a letter to the district administration. In this, he had told that the loud sound of azaan coming from a mosque near his house does not allow him to sleep properly.
The Vice-Chancellor had written, ‘Every day around 5.30 am, the loud sound of azaan coming from the mosque located near his house disturbs his sleep. Even in Ramadan, Sehri is announced at four in the morning. Due to this, the people around also have problems. The Vice-Chancellor expected immediate action from the DM so that the people troubled by the loud sound of Ajan could get relief. However, Prof. Sangeeta also clarified in her letter that she is not against any religion, caste or sect.

Expansion

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has warned that loudspeakers installed at mosques in Maharashtra should be switched off by May 3, otherwise MNS workers will recite Hanuman Chalisa by using loudspeakers. After this statement of Thackeray, there has been a debate again across the country regarding loudspeakers. This is not the first time that there has been a controversy over the loudspeaker of the mosque and the spread of Azaan through it. Even before this, many times in the country there has been a struggle over Azaan with loudspeakers. The matter also reached the court.

Let us know sequentially that when there was a dispute regarding loudspeaker and what was the court’s say on it?

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