Just when the Internet had started to forget Sonu Nigam’s statement on forced religiousness and sermons on loud speakers, Suchitra’s tweet came as a reminder of how Twitter will not tolerate such controversies! The actress who is best known for her role in Shahrukh Khan’s 1994 movie ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na’ posted a tweet about how she finds the call for the morning prayer as ‘aggressive’. Suchitra’s post was bound to create a fuss on the internet as it indirectly demeans the Morning Prayer and let’s not forget the kind of controversy Sonu Nigam had to face for putting up a similar tweet on prayer calls on the loudspeaker.
This isn’t the first time that she has spoken about her issues with the azaan. In 2009, she actually wrote on her blog, how she has been annoyed awake from her slumber because of the harsh noise of azaan coming from the loud speakers. On her blog, she reasoned, “Noise is noise-whether it comes from prayer or party music bellowing out of loudspeakers. Whether it is the sound of Hindu bhajans, Christian hymns or Muslim azaan, at 5 am the world is entitled to silence. There should be a time limit imposed on it that applies to all communities and sects. Religion is a private matter and should not spill on to the streets-if it does it should do so at civil hours say 8 am to 10 pm or something.”
The political parties accused her of giving more priority to her sleep than the Azaan prayers and Twitterati believe that this is nothing more than a publicity stunt to get some limelight. Sonu Nigam had to go through the same situation when he had put forward his view on forced religiousness in the month of April. A member of the minority council had also issued a ‘Fatwa’ against him. However, Sonu decided to stay firm on his statement and also shaved his own head to give a befitting reply to the ‘Maulanas’.
This has sparked a new debate on whether azaan being played on loudspeakers should be stopped.
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