- Controversy over the order to reduce the volume of loudspeakers in mosques of Saudi Arabia
- While this order has provoked Muslim fundamentalists, the general public has welcomed
- The loudspeaker should be only one third of the maximum volume during azaan.
Disputes have erupted in the country over the order to reduce the sound of loudspeakers during the azaan in Saudi Arabian mosques. While this order has angered Muslim fundamentalists, it has been welcomed by the general public. Earlier last week’s circular had said that the loudspeaker during the azan in mosques of Saudi Arabia should be only one-third of the maximum sound.
Not only this, it has also been said in the order that the loudspeaker should be turned off after giving the signal to start Ajan. The Saudi government said that there is no need to recite the entire namaz over loudspeakers. After this order, controversy has heated up on social media in Saudi Arabia and Muslim countries. Muslim fundamentalists have now started trending hashtags to stop loud noises inside restaurants and cafes.
‘Low sound affects children’s sleep’
The Saudi government, which came under pressure after this campaign on social media, has given a clarification. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullatif al-Sheikh said that several families had complained that their children’s sleep was affected due to the prolonged duration of prayers at a loud noise. He said that there is no need to wait for those who want to read Azaan, the call of the Imam to read Azaan.
The change in Saudi Arabia is believed to be part of a reform being carried out by Prince Mohammed bin Salman regarding the role of religion in public life. Mohammad Salman has relaxed many social restrictions. According to a Reuters report, it is too early to say how much the sound reduction order will have on Saudi Arabia’s mosques. Some people living in Riyadh reported that loudspeakers in many mosques have been reduced.
‘Criticists want to incite hatred’
Many people in Saudi Arabia have welcomed this decision. However, he also said that the government should reduce the sound of loudspeakers in restaurants and other places as well. On the other hand, Minister Sheikh said that this order is being criticized by those who want to incite hatred so that problems arise. Such people are enemies of Saudi Arabia.