Actor Saif Ali Khan has termed Sonu Nigam’s tweet against Azaan as ‘a bit aggressive’ while stating that he preferred lesser sound used across religious activities.
Speaking to Indian Express, Saif said, “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. 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. 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.”
Saif’s comments came on the day Nigam posted the video of Azaan, believed to have been recorded on Sunday morning. Far from enraging Muslims on social media, he was applauded as ‘grateful’ social media users thanked him for introducing his six million plus followers with the ‘beautiful’ sound.
On April 17, the singer had described the loud sermons from the loudspeakers as hooliganism in a series of tweets.
This was followed by a fatwa being issued against Nigam by Kolkata-based cleric, Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, who asked him to shave off his head for his tweets.
In a surprising move, the singer had himself tonsured by a celebrity hairstylist at a press conference.
Nigam had stressed that his tweets were against the use of loudspeakers in morning sermons and not aimed at any particular religion.
Amid the controversy, actress Kangana Ranaut said she has no problems with Azaan but felt what the singer said should be respected and discussed.
While, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar said that prayers at any place of worship should not disturb others.