The azzan controversy over loudspeakers has been touching the sky in several states for a long time. It has not taken a name to die. The issue is full of politics, and all the parties want to get political mileage via the azzan row.
The Allahabad High Court has made it clear that delivering the azzan on loudspeakers is not a fundamental right. The court said, “The installation of loudspeakers in mosques is not a fundamental right.”
A division bench of Justice Vivek Kumar Birla and Justice Vikas passed the order on Wednesday, saying, “The law says that it is not a constitutional right to use loudspeakers in mosques.”
The court was hearing a petition filed by a man, Irfan, the resident of a village in Badaun, challenging the order of a Sub Divisional magistrate who did not allow the installation of a loudspeaker at Noori Masjid in Dhoranpur village for azzan from a loudspeaker.
The controversy over the azzan from loudspeakers heightened tensions in several states across the country, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Recently, in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the sound from loudspeakers at religious places should not be heard outside the premises.
Yogi Adityanath also said loudspeakers can be used at religious places with permission, but the sound must not come out of the premises. He further said that no new permits will be issued for loudspeakers.
Following Yogi Adityanath’s statement, the volume of loudspeakers at 17,000 religious sites in the state was lowered to the standards set for all the religious places, including the temples and mosques in the state.