Sonu Nigam questions 'forced religiousness' on being woken up by Azaan, sparks Twitter debate
Singer Sonu Nigam went on a Twitter rant against the blaring loudspeakers used for religious sermons, especially during the wee hours of the morning. He complained that his sleep was disturbed by the Azaan, a call out from the mosque five times a day to summon followers of Islam.
Nigam complained that since he does not follow Islam, he is forced out of early morning sleep because of the Azaan. He termed it as 'forced religiousness' and raised a question as to when it will end in India.
In several other Western countries with a diverse religious demography, there are restrictions on religious preaching on a microphone as it disturbs the environment of the city.
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
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
However, the same restrictions have not been imposed in India and Nigam questioned the reason behind the same. He also argued that Prophet Mohammed did not have access to electricity when he founded Islam. Thus, it is obvious that he did not preach or summon followers for worship through the microphone. It was only after the advent of electricity that the Islam followers started using loudspeakers for the same.
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Nigam also clarified that he is not against Islam in particular. He added that the same rule should be applied on Hindu temples and gurudwaras as well. He suggested that religion is a private practise and should be followed in individual capacity or within the same community. The 'cacophony' of the loudspeakers should not disturb people who do not follow that religion.
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?
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus... — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
He termed this practise as 'gundagardi' (criminal intimidation). However, Nigam's tweets were not received very kindly. His followers lashed out on him for being 'intolerant' and 'not respecting other religions and their practices.'
You've obviously never heard of 'Ghar wapsi' pic.twitter.com/xGpBpQKNiD
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 17, 2017
Azaan should be stopped in India, where millions of Muslims live, because desh ka laadla Sonu Nigam can't sleep. Where is the tolerance? FO. — Sheru. (@iamzaalima) April 17, 2017
@sonunigam I am a fan of urs but this was definitely a bullshit statement. U gotta respect other religions beliefs. It's a democratic country.
— Madhur Chandna (@macchandna) April 17, 2017
— #DestroyTheAadhaar (@Stupidosaur) April 17, 2017
However, he also received support from several quarters who agreed with his thoughts and even extended a helping hand if he decides to take up the issue seriously.
Kudos to you Sonu Nigam. & with that said, im against the use of loud speakers by gurudwaras & temples too, just as mosques. — Queen B (@_msfancypantss) April 17, 2017
Don't want to hear the Azaan at dawn, nor do I want to hear a Chikni Chameli tuned Ganesh Aarti at dusk. Ban ALL loudspeakering of religion. https://t.co/BVu1Nb6mKR
— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) April 17, 2017
I am willing to sponsor a campaign against illegal blaring of Azaan and other prayers on loudspeakers. Suggest a creative hashtag.
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) April 17, 2017