The Adhan is important but India is making a discourse that forbids it

Adhan means the presence of Muslims in a country.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI – Call call to prayer not just a way of expressing the Islamic faith. But it is also a way for the Muslim community to declare their presence in a country.

Quoted from the site TRT world on Wednesday (November 5th, 2022) the Adhan has long been an integral part of the Islamic way of life. It is a call for Muslims to gather in mosques where everyone gathers to pray five times a day.

Since the time of the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century, the call to prayer sung by a mosque has symbolized the presence of Muslims around it.

“[In the early days of Islam]it quickly became one of the symbols of Islam,” said Usaama al Azami, a British Muslim academic and Lecturer in Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.

“When the call to prayer is not heard in a congregation, it was understood by Prophet Muhammad as an indication of the absence of Muslim believers in a particular location,” Azami continued.

Since then, Muslims have made sure that the call to prayer sounds five times a day from the mosque as an expression of their loyalty to Islam and the Prophet. Due to the central role of the Adhan in the daily life of a Muslim, any restriction is considered a violation of religious rights.

Meanwhile in India, the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticized. This is because they have cracked down on the loudspeakers used by mosques to sound the call to prayer. Mosque administrations in various cities have been forced to remove loudspeakers, while some also faced police proceedings for violating the ban.

The restrictions on the use of loudspeakers for the call to prayer come at a time when communal tensions are already running high in India, where Muslims now regularly complain of discrimination in various walks of life.

India’s top court also ruled that the use of loudspeakers from mosques was not a fundamental right for the call to prayer.

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