TDN World Desk: Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded that Modi government at the Centre takes step to stop use of loudspeakers on mosques.
The demand of putting restriction on mosques’ loudspeakers was made through an editorial of Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
“The Centre should promulgate an ordinance to stop loudspeakers on mosques to prevent noise pollution,” The Indian Express quoted from the editorial.
Shiv Sena’s insinuated demand to stop Azaan came after Sena leader Pandurang Sakpal, head of Mumbai’s South division suggested to hold Azaan competition.
But later when BJP began to criticize, Sakpal said that his statement was presented in a distorted manner. He actually suggested the Muslims to hold online Azaan competition.
The demand to stop loudspeakers on mosques was made to curb pollution.
The editorial piece in ‘Saamna’ says that the matter is a concern of noise pollution and environmental protection. But, what the editorial piece forgot to write is the difference between noise and various mode of sounds. Azaan is a melodious sound, it has its own rhythm, as sweet as song. So, Azaan is in no way can be compared to noise.
The editorial publication also defends Sena leader’s remark on Azaan. It said that the Sena leader had only suggested to hold the Azaan competition through online mode.
Namaz is one of the five fundamental pilllars of Islam. So, this demand to stop loudspeakers on mosques, which is mainly used to call the Muslims to offer prayer at the mosques, could prove a pernicious attempt that interfers the Muslim communtiy to exercise their religion freely as guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.
Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thakrey is now Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Before Uddhav Thackrey became CM his party forged alliance with secular parties like Congress and NCP to form government toppling BJP-led Fadanvis government.