Sonu Nigam questions 'forced religiousness' on being woken up by Azaan, sparks Twitter debate

FP Staff

Apr,17 2017 10:44 04 IST

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.

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.

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.

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.'



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.