A demand to use Indian languages instead of Arabic to recite Azaan in masjids has come into light. On June 30, Vikash Preetam Sinha, Co-Incharge, Publicity Literature Department, BJP urged the government and Muslim clerics to use Indian languages instead of Arabic to recite Azaan in masjids.
Mr Sinha said that as Azaan is recited in Arabic five times a day from lakhs of mosques across the country, even though crores of Indians do not know or understand the Arabic language.
recitation of Azaan in Indian languages- Vikash Preetam
In a tweet in Hindi, he wrote, “ Azaan is recited in the Arabic language five times a day from lakhs of mosques in the country. Millions of non-Arabic people of this country do not understand its meaning. Therefore, I request the government and the Muslim clerics to arrange recitation of Azaan in Indian languages so that people are made aware of its meaning and importance.” According to several Islamic websites, Azaan is a Islamic call for prayer. Its English translation reads, “Allah is Great! Allah is Great! Allah is Great! I bear witness that there is no god except Allah. I bear witness that Muhammed is the messenger of the God. Hurry to the prayer. Hurry to the prayer. Hurry to salvation. Hurry to salvation. Allah is Great! Allah is Great! There is no God except Allah.”
Controversies on Azaan and Loudspeakers
In India, as per the law, a loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used at night (between 10PM to 6AM) except in closed premises for communication within. Law also states that the noise level cannot exceed the ambient noise standards by 11dB (A). There have been several court orders saying that authorities should ensure to restrict the usage of loudspeakers at religious places due to noise pollution.