Following Kangana Ranaut and Javed Akhtar, Saif ALi Khan has come up with his opinion on the ongoing row between Sonu Nigam and Azaan over the loud morning Muslim prayer, broadcast through loudspeakers, the sound of which fills the entire city during the early hours. Saif Ali Khan has said that he did find Sonu’s tweets that came up on 17 April, a bit ‘aggressive’ initially.
In an interview to Indian Express, Saif said the loud sounding of the call to prayer shows an insecurity. “Don’t know who you are offending. At one level, I agree, the lesser sound the better. There should be certain decibel levels allowed across religious practices. I also understand the amplification of the sound during azaan comes from insecurity,” he said.
The actor then compared the situation in India to Israel. “Not just here but also in Israel apparently where three different religions co-exist. It’s been written about so I believe it’s the same. As a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted. If someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make some people little uncomfortable. As a precursor to some sort of holocaust, it is the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there,” he said.
“It’s fine to express your views on the decibel levels. I think that tweet was a bit aggressive though, initially. And I do think religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country,” he added.
Sonu Nigam, in a series of tweets, had described the use of loudspeakers to broadcast sermons and calls to prayers by mosques, temples and gurudwaras as “forced religiousness”. He got himself bald by a celebrity hairstylist in response to a cleric, who had promised a Rs 10 lakh reward for getting Sonu Nigam’s head shaved.
The singer clarified that his tweets were against the use of loudspeakers to force religiousness on the people and not against any religion in particular.