The singer called for the end of use of loudspeakers at odd hours at all places of worship.
Sonu Nigam questions use of loudspeakers for early morning azaan
Mumbai - 17 Apr 2017 11:09 IST
It has been an eventful Monday morning for singer and actor Sonu Nigam who created a stir on social media when he posted tweets questioning the use of loudspeakers for morning azaan (prayers) in mosques, which apparently disturbed his sleep.
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
Woken up by the morning azaan from a local mosque, Nigam posted this tweet at 5.25 am, questioning forced religiousness in India. While some slammed the singer, others agreed with him on social media.
This Twitter user was critical of Nigam, reminding him that no one had rights to question religious beliefs.
Meanwhile, this gentleman turned the focus on Bollywood, questioning the singer why Hindi cinema often showed Hindu rituals and religious songs in films.
@sonunigam Then why are we forced in Bollywood movies with Hindu rituals and all Hindu religious songs?? Start with that first.— Khurram (@Khurramtalk) April 17, 2017
This anonymous user backed Nigam’s stance calling for an end to the use of loudspeakers.
Nigam then went on to post a couple of more tweets dragging Prophet Mohammed and scientist Thomas Edison into the matter.
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Nigam reminded all that he wasn’t targeting any particular religion, but merely questioning the use of loudspeakers in all places of worship at odd hours.
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Filmmaker and political commentator Vivek Agnihotri backed Nigam and called for Muslims to use azaan mobile applications.
The debate kept going with the actor being slammed by many, forcing him to end the debate terming the hate tweets gundagardi (hooliganism).
Gundagardi hai bus...— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017