Controversial Remark On Azaan: Karnataka BJP MLA has given a controversial statement regarding Ajan. Addressing a public meeting, senior BJP leader and former minister KS Eshwarappa has asked whether Allah is deaf, that there is a need to use loudspeakers to call him. Regarding the statement of the BJP leader, once again there is a possibility of a debate once again regarding Azaan.
It is being told that KS Eshwarappa was addressing a public meeting when the sound of Azaan came from a nearby mosque. Eshwarappa said that wherever I go, it (azaan) gives me a headache. The decision of the Supreme Court is about to come, if not today then tomorrow… the system of Azaan on loudspeaker will end.
The BJP leader asked the question whether Allah will listen to Namaz only if loudspeaker is used during Azaan? He said that girls and women offer prayers and bhajans in temples. We are religious, but we don’t use loudspeakers. If you have to offer Namaz through loudspeaker, does it mean that Allah is deaf?
Eshwarappa has been giving controversial statements in the past as well
Eshwarappa has been making controversial statements in the past as well. Earlier, he had addressed 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan as a Muslim goon. Let us inform that after the suicide of a contractor last year, he had to leave the post of minister. Eshwarappa was named in the police case as the contractor had held him solely responsible for his death before the suicide.
Let us tell you that ‘Azaan’ has been the subject of intense debate for a long time. A section argues that the use of loudspeakers for Azaan may disturb people of other religions. The Supreme Court in July 2005 banned the use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am, except in public emergencies, citing noise pollution.
Later in October 2005, the court said that loudspeakers could be allowed to be used till midnight on festive occasions for 15 days in a year. Hearing a PIL which claimed that the content of the azaan hurts the sentiments of people of other religions, the Karnataka High Court last year observed that tolerance is a feature of the Constitution. The court said that the argument that fundamental rights of people of other religions are violated by Ajan cannot be accepted.