MUMBAI: Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam on Monday morning gave rise to a new controversy by questioning why the azaan, the Muslim call to prayer, should be broadcast on loudspeakers from mosques.
This is “forced religiousness,” he said in a series of tweets early Morning morning.
“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 asked in his first tweet.
Azaan is the Islamic call to prayer given five times a day by the muezzin of a mosque. The first call is given early in the morning.
The 43-year-old singer, went on to term the use of loudspeakers by mosques and temples as ‘gundagardi’.
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
“And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?” he questioned in a second tweet.
“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?” Nigam said in a third tweet.
And he summed with another one that said, “Gundagardi hai bus...” Sonu Nigam’s tweets triggered protests on the social media platform.
“@sonunigam who himself used to sing bhajan in “Jagrata” whole night now telling Azan is forced religiousness & Gundagardi. Jai Shree Ram,” said @Adilogics. Actres Richa Chadha told Sonu Nigam that the locality was noisy due to other reasons as well.
“Sonu, we all get a lil noisy here! I live 5 minutes from u, I'm sure u hear item-songs blaring in the name of processions. Had to soundproof!,” Richa said.
“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,” one Twitter user @iamzaalima said.
“So Sonu Nigam spoke against temples and gurudwaras too, but libchoos are so desperate they are attacking him on Azaan tweet only,” another of Sonu’s follower Rahul Rousshan said.