Irrfan Khan's response to the 'Azaan' controversy is the Most Sensible take on the issue so far

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Sonu Nigam's 'Azaan' controversy is probably the most talked about subject of this year so far. Recently, even the Punjab and Haryana High Courts sided with Nigam as they stated that though 'Azaan' is a part of Islamic Worship, loudspeakers are not.

Almost a month ago, singer Sonu Nigam went on to Twitter to complain about the sound of early-morning 'Azaan' coming from a mosque located nearby his house, which was bothering his sleep everyday. Terming it 'Forced religiousness', the singer complained about the usage of loudspeakers on religious places as it causes disturbances to other people.

The tweets started a nationwide debate, with several Bollywood celebs as well as politicians voicing their different opinions on the issue.

The most recent one to join the bandwagon, is actor Irrfan Khan, but unlike most, what Irrfan has to say is probably the most coherent take on the whole issue and sums up the root cause and the essence of it in the most perfect sense.

Speaking to a media outlet, this is what Irrfan Khan had to say about the whole thing:

The loudspeaker matter is a big one. We will have to first think that are we, as a society, really so sensitive when it comes to sound? Are we sensitive about sound in other places? When there is a noisy discotheque near a hospital, do we talk about it then? If somebody has a problem with something then we should tackle all other problems related to the whole matter. "

He further added:

" In other countries, there are certain restrictions when it comes to car horns, this is because people are very sensitive to sound or noise of any kind. First of all, we will have to figure out what is the actual factor that is causing a certain person so much stress related to the sound of a loudspeaker. And, then also figure out if they have a problem with loudspeakers used for azaan or elsewhere too."

Irrfan Khan successfully highlighted the fact that the problem should be about loud sounds being used in public places in general. Though the instance chosen to start the debate on it is referenced to one religion, but it should not be a religion-driven debate, but one revolving around the usage of loudspeakers in public places in general.

Well stated Irrfan!

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