Slamming use of loudspeakers by mosques, playback singer Sonu Nigam has complained that his sleep is disturbed by the azaan, every morning.
“God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning,” he rued.
He also wondered ‘When will this forced religiousness end in India.’
Azaan or call to prayer is given five times a day by mosques everywhere. Sonu is more disturbed by the first call which is given early in the morning.
Sonu’s rant on April 17 sparked an outrage, also because he further said, “Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?”
He chose social media to air his views, in a behaviour which is uncharacteristic, particularly when the singer likened the morning call to ‘gundagardi’.
“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? Gundagardi hai bus…”
Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi’s song “Kya hua tera wada”.
He has recorded romantic, rock, sad, and patriotic songs. This time, however, the ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ theme singer appeared singing his heart.