Sonu Nigam has started off a new wave of controversy with just three tweets. While many stars have avoided commenting on the “azaan” row, Saif Ali Khan chose to be bravely vocal about it.
Sonu had tweeted that use of loudspeakers for religious prayers should be banned. Maybe he used poor choice of words, that ticked off many people. So, yep! Use of loudspeakers has become a big debate across the country. When Saif was asked about it he seems to agree with Sonu. “Don’t know who you are offending. At one level I agree, the lesser sound the better, there should be certain decibel levels allowed across religious practices.” he said while talking to Indian Express. Well, gear up for a storm of trolling Mr Khan, because this statement will certainly won’t go down well with many.
The actor further added, “I also understand the amplification of the sound during azaan comes from insecurity. Not just here but also in Israel apparently where three different religions co-exist. It’s been written about so I believe it’s the same. As a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted. If someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make some people little uncomfortable. As a precursor to some sort of holocaust, it’s the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there.”
The only saving grace for Saif seems to be the next set of words he uttered. “It’s fine to express your views on the decibel levels. I think that tweet was a bit aggressive though, initially. And I do think religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country,” she said.
It all started when Sonu said in a series of tweets, “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. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? 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?” Also Read: Sonu Nigam posts a video of morning Azaan to prove his point – watch video