On April 16, singer Sonu Nigam made a statement on Twitter against the use of loudspeakers for ‘azaan’, the call to prayer in mosques. His comments didn’t go down well on the internet, where he was accused of being insensitive towards Muslims.
The singer has justified his statement saying that those tweets were not against any religion but usage of loudspeakers.
Standing by his statement, Sonu wrote, “Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period This is how Sensible people Interpret an issue. Respects Mr Ahmed Patel. It is not about Azaan or Aarti. It’s about Loudspeaker”
A day earlier, the singer had posted a series of tweets complaining about the Muslim call to prayer. “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?” he had said, drawing near-immediate outrage.
He supplemented his complaint with a puzzling analogy: “And by the way, Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam…Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?” Then, to clarify that he was not targeting a particular community, he added, “I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity to wake up people who don’t follow the religion.