Javed Akhtar Supports Sonu Nigam and Speaks Against Loudspeakers in Mosques, Fuels Another Debate on Twitter

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Javed Akhtar Supports Sonu Nigam and Speaks Against Loudspeakers in Mosques, Fuels Another Debate on Twitter

Javed Akhtar’s support to Sonu Nigam is commendable but it comes a little too late.

Singer Sonu Nigam had stirred quite a controversy last year when he had tweeted in April about how he does not appreciate being woken up at unearthly hours due to the azaan calls on loudspeakers. His tweet followed a lot of ire and many people raised a big hue-and-cry over his statement stating that he has hurt the sentiments of Muslims and the minorities; so much was the backlash that Sonu Nigam finally deleted his Twitter account. Now, Javed Akhtar has tweeted out his support to the singer and spoke against the use of loudspeakers in mosques or any place of worship near residential areas. Javed Akhtar’s statement on loudspeakers fueled another debate on Twitter but many people agreed with his viewpoint.

Javed Akhtar wrote, “This is to put on record that I totally agree with all those including Sonu Nigam who want that Loudspeakers should not be used by the mosques and for that matter by any place of worship in residential areas.” Last year the azaan row went on for weeks and eventually, Sonu Nigam went bald to show his retaliation and even deleted his Twitter account. Now Javed Akhtar, himself a Muslim has spoken about the noise that the loudspeakers make and seconded Sonu Nigam’s stand (albeit a little late, but nonetheless). Sample a few tweets from Twitterati. Sonu Nigam offers to delete Twitter Account after fellow playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s profile suspended: Read his last Tweets

Javed Akhtar’s tweet

Javed Akhtar’s response elicited many responses some affirmative some in disagreement. Amidst all the replies Javed AKhtar later tweeted, “Maen har galat baat Kay Khilaf awaaz uthata hoon . Mushkil yehi hai ke aap dusron ki galti to maan saktay hain Magar apni nahin.”

Javed Akhtar’s reply to the dissenters

Sample a few tweets below.

Loudspeakers are not needed to call the people who have faith

Loudspeakers are a nuisance

People hardly wake up due to azaan

Valid question

Noise is also a type of pollution

Ban the loudspeakers


Noise pollution is also pollution

Javed Akhtar has once again raked the fires of the controversy with his tweet on loudspeakers and fuelled the people on Twitter into position for debate and altercation. Javed Akhtar’s support to Sonu Nigam is commendable but it comes a little too late.