Singer Sonu Nigam, in a series of tweets, on Monday raised questions on the Azaan call in the morning and said it was “forced religiousness”.
“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,” Nigam tweeted.
He further wrote, “And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?”
The 43-year-old singer said that he did not believe that temples and gurudwaras should wake up people with loud noises either. He went on to call it “gundagardi”.
“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 posted.
His comments went viral with thousands of social media users getting engaged. They, however, evoked plenty of condemnation for the singer as users branded him communal and anti-Muslim.
His old tweet praising Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, a symbol of militant Hindutva for all his political life, too surfaced prompting many to think if Nigam’s tweets were carefully thought through decision.
Just when the debate was raging, an old video of Priyanka Chopra praising Azan went viral. In the video, Priyanka, who’s arguably the most successful female Bollywood actor today, is seen describing Azaan time as her ‘favourite time.’
While speaking to reporters, Priyanka is seen saying how during her stay in Bhopal she found peace during the time of Azaan in the evening. Priyanka said that after the shoot of a movie, she would go to her terrace to hear the sound of Azaan coming from at least six mosques.
‘That was my favourite time,” she says.
Watch the video below:
(With additional inputs from PTI)