17 mosques in Kerala’s Malappuram to have azaan only once in a day

Under the arrangement, the mosques have decided to deliver only a single azaan - the call for prayer recited five times - from the biggest mosque, Valiya Juma Masjid. The other mosques will only repeat it without any use of loud speakers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 15, 2017 1:31 pm
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Paying heed to complaints and controversies, a group of mosques in Kerala’s Malappuram district has decided to deliver azaan only once in a day. Valiya Juma Masjid, the biggest mosque in Vazhakkad area, has signed an agreement with 17 other small mosques in the area. Under the arrangement, the mosques have decided to deliver only a single azaan — the call for prayer recited five times in a day — from Valiya Juma Masjid. The other mosques will only repeat it without any use of loudspeakers.

“There are seven mosques in the Vazhakkad junction alone and 10 more in a radius of a few kilometres. It has come to our notice that the call for prayers by these mosques at different times, multiple times in the day, had caused inconvenience to educational institutions, to the public and for merchants in nearby areas,” T P Abdul Azeez, President, Vazhakkad Mosques Committee, told The News Minute.

After discussion with the committee members, a unanimous decision was taken by the factions of Sunni, Mujahid (Salafi), Jamate Islami and Tableeg Jamath to check noise pollution in the area. The practice of single azaan is in place for five days now.

A five-member panel has also been formed in order to ensure that the azaan timings of all the mosques in the area are same. There are reports that other mosque committees might also take an inspiration from Valiya Juma Masjid and take up the practice of single azaan.

Residents in the area are also very pleased with this arrangement. “Valiya Juma Masjid has set an example. It will go a long way in curbing the mindless use of ear-splitting speakers. Now, political parties will have to follow suit,” Mohamed Koya, a trader in the area, was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

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    Roshan Kumar
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm
    we need this in every state in india
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      R Kamat
      Jun 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      A really progressive step to be emulated country-wide. This group deserves an award to recognise their rather seemingly difficult achievement and for showing a way forward in response to the general negative observation.
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        Mallikarjuna Sharma
        Jun 16, 2017 at 10:10 pm
        Why should speakers be allowed at all for aazaan or for any bhajans etc. except in closed premises and without disturbance to the neighbors? Can't the priests or mullahs do their bhajans or aazaan through their own loud or low mouths? In these days of modern technology you can send mass SMSs to individuals directly informing them of exact timings of bhajans and aazaan and avert any default of devotees on that count. It has become a big nuisance - rather disturbance of serious sound pollution - of not only these aazaan or bhajans but also of religious lectures, speeches, songs and what not all broadcast from mosques, temples etc. day in and day out at ear-splitting levels! It seems even GOD, if he/she/it exists, cannot save innocent victims like me and other millions from this menace!
        1. G
          Jun 16, 2017 at 11:54 am
          Desi Pandit should know that there are no preachers in Mandirs only God(represented by the Idol),poojaris and devotees. In general Hinduism is the most tolerant religion Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti. Hinduism is characterised by spiritual freedom for its followers. Abrahamic religions insist that only their God is the true God , others are false Gods. Those who do not believe in that particular God will go to or should be killed.
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            Nitin Jadhav
            Jun 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm
            Thank you Sonu Nigam.
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              Simplify Bakchod
              Jun 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm
              My house is surrounded by 9 mosques. It is a wildly growing nuisance. The volume is just getting louder each year. I fully support Sonu Nigam for his twitter saga. Muslims simply don't care for others living nearby. They litter and make streets so dirty, I am a hardcore non veg eater but the hanging of cooked/baked/red tandoori chicken makes a sickening sight for passers by.
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                Shivaji Patil
                Jun 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
                Good sense seems to have prevailed over One-upmanship. Other cities to can follow it . Let all of us stop the use of Loud speakers ,that will be helpful for everyone.
                1. S
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm
                  Hats off to you guys for taking the first step. Hope the decibels are also taken care off. Indeed a very thoughtful, Educated and peace loving committee I feel.
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