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In Changing Circumstances, Muslims Should Change Their Outlook towards Azaan and Friday Prayers

By S. Arshad, New Age Islam

26 July 2019

Since the last one decade, a section of Hindus have raised voice against the Azaan during morning or Azaan called in areas where a sizeable population of Hindus reside. Their grievance is that the call of Azaan disturbs their sleep at dawn or disturbs their peace during the day as the Azaan is called on loudspeakers. Recently, Sonu Nigam had raised his voice on Azaan called on loudspeakers as he said it disturbed his sleep in the morning.

Gradually, voices even from Muslim community have also been raised justifying the grievances of non-Muslims against Azaan and a section of Muslims have started realising the fact that the complaints of non-Muslims against Azaan on loudspeakers are not totally based on religious bias.

 Last month, the President of Khilafat Committee, West Bengal, Shakir Randerian had called Azaan the voice of hate. Though his statement was wrong, he had tried to drive home the point that Azaan on loudspeakers was the cause of differences and confrontation between Hindus and Muslims. His statement raised a controversy and he had to tender a written apology for his statement.

 However, this also started a debate on the justification of Azaan on loudspeakers. Qari Fazlur Rahman of Kolkata said that in the changing circumstances Muslims should change their ways according to the demands of the time. He admitted that very high volume loudspeakers are used for calling Azaans and in many Muslim populations, there are more than one mosque in one area and Azaan from all the mosques at the same time cause reaction from Hindus and other non-Muslim communities.

 Therefore, he had given the suggestion that if there are more than one mosque in an area, Azaan should be called from only one mosque and that too in a low volume so that it does not disturb the peace of mind of the followers of other religions. Unfortunately, this suggestion was not approved or appreciated by Muslims.

Another issue which has become contentious in recent times is the offering of Friday prayers in public places or on roads. Non-Muslims have been objecting to Friday prayers on public places like Maidans or on roads for the last few decades but during the recent months the opposition has become violent. At some places Muslims have been forcibly prevented from offering Friday prayers on roads or Maidans and there were violence also on some places. In these circumstances, Muslims should not insist on offering Friday prayers in public places claiming it their religious right.

Muslims should make alternative arrangements for Friday prayers instead of insisting on offering prayers in public places. They should arrange Friday prayers in their locality mosques. Since the number of people is unaccommodable in most mosques, they should conduct multiple Namaz (two or three Jamats).

This might not be a big problem. It will be a more convenient arrangement than offering Namaz on roads and facing hostility and causing obstacles to general public. New mosques should be made more spatial keeping in view the number of people offering Namaz in the mosque.

S. Arshad is a regular columnist for NewAgeIslam.com

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    Please stop stealing electricity

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    Please stop no-go zones where even police cant enter

    By Shan Barani - 7/27/2019 3:47:19 PM

  • Yes Arshad Sb., times have changed. We have to be fully aware of current realities.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/26/2019 11:17:49 PM

  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin sb, I give example from my own locality. In our locality, non Muslims lived next to our mosque. They are still there. Azan was called without Mike. Then the loudspeaker age came and Azan was called on Mike. No one objected. In Muslim locality , during Azan, Mike in marriage homes switch off Mike. Once I was standing outside the mosque and there was a marriage ceremony at the house of the Hindu family and filmy song was lpaying on the Mike. Suddenly Azan was called from the mosque, and as soon as the Azan started the guardian of the family told the Mike operator to switch off Mike in respect of azan. This was thirty years ago. However, after twenty years the scene change. I was standing again outside the mosque.and filmy song was again playing on Mike at the same house as there was some ceremony, may be a wedding I don't remember. Again the azan was called on the Mike. But this time filmy song played with the azan. No one told the Mike operator to switch off the song. I being a writer felt the change in attitude
     Times have changed and so we should change our way of thinking. We cannot force non Muslim to respect our belief system. If he does good if he does not, we should take it as his right.

    By Arshad - 7/26/2019 9:55:46 PM

  • The glory of islammis in harassing every other non-Muslims on Friday and outward look.
    Last Week whole 50 people team seminar was rushed and completed earlier as boss was Muslims and want to go to for Friday prayer even lunch was reduced to 15 minutes and other part of session was cut, This how Islam should be glorified only tow were Muslims all other were non Muslims forced to do what Muslim boss wanted to do

    By Aayina - 7/26/2019 6:26:58 PM

  • Good article! Adaptability and practicality are necessary for any mature society. Expecting others to be indulgent to us may have been reasonable at one time but is certainly not a wise expectation today.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/26/2019 1:46:14 PM

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