I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in mosques and temples: Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam azaan row: The singer has refused to bow down to pressure, and said that he stands by his earlier tweet, as trolling only shows people's IQ.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 7:20 pm
sonu nigam, sonu nigam new tweets, sonu nigam on azaan, sonu nigam loudspeaker ban, Sonu Nigam yet again took to his Twitter page, to make it clear that he still stands by his commitment, despite the backlash.

Sonu Nigam azaan Twitter rant started a commotion on Twitter and ensured the singer became a trend and a hashtag all rolled into one. But did it faze Sonu Nigam? Not at all. If anything, Sonu stands by his commitment and has said in fresh tweets that loudspeakers should be banned — whether they are in temples or in mosques. Sonu had tweeted on Monday morning after being woken up by morning azaan and had tagged it ‘gundagardi and forced religiousness’.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, he wrote despite the backlash, “Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period.”

Also read | Sonu Nigam azaan row: Pooja Bhatt takes a jibe at the singer, salutes the spirit of India

He also replied to some of the tweets. In response to music composer Wajid Khan who had written, “@sonunigam that everyone has thr own point of view but that can be said without hurting others sentiments.hope u’ll understand whr comng frm,” Sonu wrote, “Dear @wajidkhan7. If for once u stop being a Muslim & simply be a Citizen of India, u will see what everyone is truly talking about. Love.”

“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? Gundagardi hai bus…” he had written in a series of tweets on Monday. Soon enough trolling started with a few even lauding his tweets and asking for a ban on loudspeakers.

Also read | Sonu Nigam azaan row: Singer calls religion ‘gundagardi’ after being woken up by azaan, gets slammed on Twitter

While trolling was incessant, some like actor Richa Chadha, author Tarak fateh and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri also supported Sonu. While Richa wrote, “People will misunderstand your tweet n give it a communal tinge, only those who know you will know you mean not to stoke a fire. ✌🏼️” Vivek tweeted, “I am willing to sponsor a campaign against illegal blaring of Azaan and other prayers on loudspeakers. Suggest a creative hashtag.” He went on to tag Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, to look into the matter. Vivek wrote, “Dear @DevFadnavis pl note and help us force police to act against illegal blaring of Azaan and other such activities.”

Filmmaker Apurva Asrani also wanted loudspeakers to be done away with,”Don’t want to hear the Azaan at dawn, nor do I want to hear a Chikni Chameli tuned Ganesh Aarti at dusk. Ban ALL loudspeakering of religion.” Pooja Bhatt, meanwhile, spoke against Sonu and wrote on Twitter, “I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra. I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India.”

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    Zarreen Babu
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    It is not about 'RELIGION' it is about 'NOISE'. I stay awake and FEAR the burst of crackers in the middle of the night, amidst loudspeakers that are banned by the Supreme court, when people celebrate festivals and/or personal functions. The response to our objection is that its only for one day. If you add up the 'ONE DAYS' you realise there are hardly any 'SILENT' days left. What is the point of a ruling if it is not being enforced? I think we should stop fighting for new rules for our country and fight for 'ENFORCEMENT' of our existing ones. Trust me they are pretty good-JUST NOT ENFORCED.
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      afzar
      Apr 21, 2017 at 12:32 am
      Sunil grover aiye hain aab support keliye kuch kaam nahi hain cmdy nyts wth kapil mein nikaldiye hain aab edhar aiya heroism karneee
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        sonu nigam
        Apr 20, 2017 at 11:14 am
        U r rite ki ban ho phr rat ke functios aur band bajaa se barat apke concerts e itne fully noise loudspeakrs hote h should also be ban.sare musics wagairah sb band hona chahiye rat ko plane train buses jo b jiski b neend kharab krta ho sb band hona chahiye #ban all those bloody stuff
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          Vijay Kr. Gupta
          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm
          Sonu is totally justified;these actvities with no proper justification adversely affecting m es must be opposed by all fact the noise such as during Ram Navami celebrations in the midst of carrier making board exams ruin carriers of many.
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            Ithad
            Apr 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm
            After observing the situation in INDIA, I thanks to Al-Mighty ALLAH that i am living in STAN.
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              Ithad
              Apr 19, 2017 at 4:01 pm
              PAK
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              Avdhesh Tondak
              Apr 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
              He is right. Why should loudspeakers be allowed in mosques and temples or similar places? What does Loudspeakers has to do with religion? s: www.avdheshtondak /04042017/how-loud-are-your-religious-sentiments/
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                chandra
                Apr 19, 2017 at 11:08 am
                Mr Sonu Nigan do not regret and stand on your opinion. you are correct. First it is not religiously mandatory and even if they do not have right to disturb other people and especially 4 am. there should be limit of sound so that it can not be disturb others.
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                  Observer
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 10:22 am
                  Equally disturbing,troublesome,nuisance are state buses making to & fro trips daily from some bus depots in some metro cities. They start from 3.30 am to 4 a.m.daily and make last trips well after midnight besides so many trips during the day.. The pblm is, these bus depots are located in fully residential areas. They thus disturb the sleeps of many residents here incldg. sick people. A big bus stand is available nearby (1 km) but they wont shift there. They are our glorious state buses you see! And they wont do much about these daily nuisance state buses! your sleep needs daily incldg.during daytime when u r sick at times!
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                    Aditi Naskar
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 8:24 am
                    A very good idea to ban all loudspeaker programmes in residential areas to ensure that our next generation is saved from hearing loss. All festival celebrations and such should not have loudspeakers blaring through the day and night
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                      FAISAL N
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 7:49 am
                      Tarak fateh is trying to support Nigam. May do so as a matters of his choice or necessity But Tarakji azan 4.00 am ko hot in hai aap ko kaun bola. Shayad azan ka samay usi ko maalum hota hai jo namaz adaa kare.
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                        Jit
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 2:29 am
                        o Sonu Ji The people of today do not under stand religion, they have forgotten the real teaching of saints, Mohammad Sahib, Krishan Ji, and Guru Nanak Ji and , Bulle Shah, Kabir sahib. and so many other saints When they had tried to teach good things these kind of people called then kafirs and today name is intolrance. They should go back to the saints times when ,it all started, If you start understanding the real teaching of saints then you do not need to go the mosque, temple or church or gurudwara., these places have become bussiness houses in the name of the religion.
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                          Mohni
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 1:56 am
                          I agree all the noises should be banned from 10;00 pm to 7am. Same way prayers should be done in private and only in the halls. In foreign countries nobody can put out speakers outside which can disturb to the neighbors. same way it should be done in our country.
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                            meera kapadia
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 1:46 am
                            Now Sony nigham is saying .. "it's not about azaan or aarti it's about loudspeakers" ... I dumb sonu nigham ... Then why did u said Gundagardi .. Dufffer .. can't u say it politely
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                              Shantilal Parmar
                              Apr 19, 2017 at 9:48 am
                              Meera change your name you are dufer what you mean no azam means no noise on loud speakers
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                                Ithad
                                Apr 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                                Shantilal, Then what about Concerts, Songs playing in full volume on roads and other ...? Sonu should stop performing in concerts or may be without Loudspeakers as it surely disturbs everyone. Speak sense .
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                                eur
                                Apr 19, 2017 at 1:09 am
                                3 LoudSpeaker Jihad: Clever, psychiatric, psychological warfare by other means. Mppl-Mantra'z are forced, into bodies & brains, of non-Mppl / un-willing listeners. In day: 3 times. Targets ppl 24x7 / mostly@home: new-born, kids, house-wife, aged-dying. At dawn & dusk: 2 times. Targets also office-goers. Mppl-Mantra'z forced, into, non-Mppl'z permanent memory. Old-dying DONOT want to memorize Mppl-Mantra'z. They desire2recall THEIR GOD ONLY, AS THEY@DEATH. Bombarding them with Mppl-Mantra'z, forcefully makes them: lost mental-peace, abort their-dying-wishes; converts dying-ppl to Islam. Links 2 luvJihad: Females hit very bad: EASILY convert Islam, as mind is fully, forced-familiar from birth, with Mppl-Mantra'z by majjid-LS. Clever Mafia-Nexus of Mppl-property-dealers & Mppl-Loud-Speakers: 1. Forced EXODUS of hindu, Christian, sikh, &, to CRASH HOUSE PRICES, &, only Mppl buy near majjid-LS, in DIRT CHEAP, &, create M-ppl-only AREAS. SO, CRORES INDIANS, CONVERTED 2 ISLAM
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                                  ashish
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm
                                  now the so called tolerant have become intolerant ?
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                                    eur
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm
                                    1 Indian Court-Judges issued Orders, to Ban Loud-speakers. Most complied: temple, churches, etc. But M-ppl openly defy: our Judges-Courts. Qn: why Mppl used LS, in past ? To "announce times" to pray, "shud be" only to Mppl, reason: lack of wrist watches on poor Mppl. But now all have mobile, phones, tv...very easy to know time. Then, why still LS ?? Big Mystery !!! How they ABUSE !! : 1. via Mppl-LS, the Mppl-Mantra'z are, forced deliberately into, hindu, Christian, sikh peoples, newborns, babies, children's, old aged, into their brains, via "ultra-hi-sound" LS !
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                                      eur
                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                                      2 2. use of Mppl-LS, is a blackmail, dagger-in-back, way: it "steadily forces", the "EXODUS" of hindus, Christians, sikhs. 2b. See any Mppl-DENSE areas: before only hindu, Christian, sikh lived there. Quietly, Mppl-LS was installed. With 24-hours of Mppl's LS-mantra'z, "house prices CRASHED"! WHY??? NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU THE READERS, WILL BUY-LIVE THERE !! A Clever blackmail ! Only Mppl buy, crores-worth-houses, in dirt-cheap rates. 3. So, Mppl-LS cleverly, psychiatrically converts, AND, mentally NEUTRALIZE, "all listeners", over to Islam... all listeners, babies, new born, old, dying aged, ARE TARGETS of :: a "clever-psychriatric-war", on hindu, Christians, sikhs. 4. Mppl-LS, minarets: banned in all developed world; NOT in ignorant India.
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                                        Raj
                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm
                                        Kabir's doha fits in here: Kankar Pathar Jod ke, Masjid Laye Banay Taa Chadh Mulla Baang de, Kya Behra Hua Khudaey
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                                          ABDL
                                          Apr 19, 2017 at 10:48 am
                                          I don't know anything about kabir and his knowledge of Islam. However for your information the Azaan is call for prayer to all Muslims, not Allah. Allah is the creator.
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                                            SR
                                            Apr 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                                            So you need a call for prayer?? Cant you pray on your own ? Or is the use of loudspeaker happens everywhere in the world? Or may be Indian muslims have some hearing issue? Cant they remember the time of Azan?
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                                          Muzafar
                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm
                                          Some basic information regarding Sonu Nigams tweet on Aadhan... Sonu's Address :- 1201, Amarnath Tower, 12th Floor, Panchratna Marg, Yari Road, Andheri (W) Nearest Mosque to this area is around 3 kilometres away. Sonu lives in a high end posh bungalow Apartment with centralised AC. The doors and windows are seal proof. Now imagine.., A person residing in the 12th floor of an Apartment with all doors windows closed for AC since the temperatures in Andheri in last week was above 42 degrees ,with the nearest mosque 3 kms away, complains that it disturbs his sleep on hearing an Aadhan in the most noisiest city in India.... Just check the career graph of Sonu Nigam since last 5 years and you will easily know why this tweet came about now.. His native place is in Faridabad where he grew up listening to adhan 5 times a day and all these 20 years in Mumbai life, Not a single aadahan disturbed his sleep.... until he found out on 16th April 2017 that all his career problem
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                                            Sujatha Selvam
                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm
                                            Whether the authorities ban loudspeakers in temples, mosques or churches or not, but I will make sure at least one thousand people from my group take an oath to refrain from buying or hearing those songs sung by Sonu Nigam. Let this 1000 become millions, then Sonu Nigam will understand his waterloo.
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                                              ashish
                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm
                                              Intolerance !!
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                                                Ithad
                                                Apr 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                                Sujatha Selvam, i am agreed 100 ... Why should Sonu sing using Loudspeakers then....
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                                                  SR
                                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                                                  just 1k?? This is the country of 125 CR !!
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                                                    Kharl
                                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:11 am
                                                    Why, because Muslims and others feel en led to bother everyone with their call to prayer? It is obnoxiously loud, and it's not like they can't use alarm clocks to wake themselves up. For people who supposedly have so much conviction, they sure have to rub it in everyone's face.
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                                                    Ravinder singh
                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm
                                                    I don't have any problem with azaan or any hindu sayings but why you want a loudspeaker just to make us hear what you are doing .it disturbed me when i was at home in bharatpur rajasthan and i told my mother i want to meet the pandit and say him to stop but my mom said don't go it is also the problem for others but none is raising their voice against them .while i was in kota i have a problem of severe headache and many other disorders and taking medicines from a decade almost everyday just to survive and the noise of this speakers disturbs me alot my home was close to a temple in bharatpur now we sold it .is it a drawback of living in india or i say to born in india .is it the fault of students or to live in societies which think more religious than more human .thank you all for reading my comment
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                                                      Satveer Singh Gurjar
                                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 12:19 am
                                                      Loudspeakers are not necessary for prayer in any religion and every body knows that ,we have to make that world better Everyone should have to think which one is better --today we use loudspeaker daily many times Or -- the time when every religion starts or develop with out loudspeakers And I personally think ,that time people are more religious than now
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