Chandigarh: ‘We should not bother our neighbours with loudspeakers’, says imam

Chandigarh: Maulana Ajmal Khan, Imam of Jama Masjid of Chandigarh has said that the loudspeakers should not disturb the non-Muslims.

On the third Friday of Ramadan, Khan said, “We should not bother our neighbours unnecessarily. The volume of our loudspeakers should be brought down to a level that it does not disturb them. I believe that disturbing the neighbours is a nuisance, which is forbidden in Islam,” reports HT.

“We make announcements at Sehri (before sunrise) at about 3:40 am when the other residents are sleeping. We should avoid doing this. It is a sensitive issue and anybody is free to take action against us. One can move court as well,” he stated.

While giving an example of one of the mosques in Kerala, he said that the mosque has decided to give only one Azaan instead of many mosques altogether giving several Azaans.

“They have decided that only a single Azaan will be delivered from the Masjid and others in the area will repeat it without any noise,” he said.

The Punjab and Haryana court in response to the Sonu Nigam’s tweet against Azaan had said that the Azaan shouldn’t be blared through the loudspeaker, though it is an integral part of Islam.
Sonu Nigam in April had tweeted:”I am not a Muslim, and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.”