Bareilly residents complain against loud ‘sehri’ call: Report

Taking note of the complaint, district authorities have decided to ask the concerned mosques to lower the volume of the announcements else the loudspeakers may get uninstalled. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 17, 2017 11:39 am
loudspeakers, azaan controversy, bareilly mosque, sehri call, sehri loudspeakers, india news, indian express news The Supreme Court had issued guidelines stating that loudspeakers cannot be used between 10 pm and 6 am since peaceful sleep is a fundamental right under Article 21.

A group of Bareilly residents, have approached the local administration against use of loudspeakers in mosques for early morning sehri wakeup calls during Ramzan, reported The Times of India. Members of both the Hindu and Muslim communities in Premnagar reportedly approached the district administration last week and submitted a memorandum.

Taking note of the complaint, district authorities have decided to ask the mosques concerned to lower the volume of the announcements, else the loudspeakers would be uninstalled. “I have instructed the superintendent of police (city) to investigate the matter and take action in accordance with the Supreme Court’s guidelines. Either the loudspeakers will be uninstalled from the religious places or the caretakers will have to play them on a low volume,” additional district magistrate (ADM) Alok Kumar told TOI.

The Supreme Court had issued guidelines stating that loudspeakers cannot be used between 10 pm and 6 am since peaceful sleep is a fundamental right under Article 21.

“Whether it is a temple or a mosque, no religion allows bothering others. My father is a heart patient who underwent an open heart surgery just last year. He and my 73-year-old mother have not slept peacefully for days,” one of the complainants Shobhit Saxena told TOI adding that seven Muslim neighbours were also among the complainants.

One of the complainants, Asif Beg, claimed he was targeted by some people. “They stopped me near the mosque when I was on my way home in the evening and told me that I would go to hell as I had complained against the mosque loudspeakers. They even assaulted me and escaped from the scene,” Beg alleged.

“It’s wrong to use loudspeakers persistently to wake up people for sehri,” a Bareilly cleric, Maulana Shahabbudin Rizvi, said. “Some clerics are using recorded voices and playing them to bother others, which is against the spirit of Ramzan,” he added.

Recently, 17 mosques in Kerala’s Malappuram decided to cut down the number of azaans — call for prayer — to just one, instead of five times, in a day in the wake of complaints of loud noise.

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  1. K
    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Did Muslims ever complained during Divali, Navratri or any other Hindu festivals? These complaints never happened during secular Congress governmen. All these problem have been started by illiterate BJP/RSS and Hindutva government. In fact anti-BJP people are on the rise.
    1. M
      Jun 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm
      Why one has to make noise to wake up other to do his/her religious duty? What kind of religion is this? Its more akin to middle east culture where you use force to convince others! Basic Vedic culture does not require such enforcement when it comes to religion!!
      1. J
        Jun 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm
        Except loud speakers for azan and other sermons, muslims perform all their prayers silently unlike other religions who beat the drums, use fire crackers, speakers, play songs allnight, drink, dance and make merry and lot of noise during their festivals. Sound levels should be brought down to acceptable levels on both sides.
      2. N
        Jun 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm
        Let all states follow Kerala's good move to replace several calls by a single one and with much reduced volume. Mosques have always been and are still mushrooming in India and authorites in the previous could not do anything to curb the situation for political gains. India is not and will never be an Islamic state to merit such lawlessness even in sensitive regions. Now more than ever, Saudi Arabia despite projecting a picture of economical doom and gloom, is squandering trillions to save and grow the 'emprise' of the fists movement, much to the dismay of big and small economies for strange reasons. The conversion movement is regaining ground with attractive pay checks and other promises. They are giving loans without any interest but expect several favours in return, one being to buy goods from Muslim godowns and shops and the others..............................The Indian government is advised to take good check on all such issues. I'm sure Yogi Ji will follow suit in no time.
        1. S
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm
          It is recommended that the Loudspeakers must not be used to wake up for sehri and during the Azaan the decibel limits must adhere. Let there be understanding and peace for All.