BJP MLA and former minister K.S. Eshwarappa, on Monday, revived the debate on loudspeakers being used for azaan (the prayer call for Muslims made five times a day, everyday) questioning if there is a need to use microphones for the same.
He said listening to the loud call for prayer gives him a headache.
"No doubt this will end soon as there is a SC judgement. PM Modi asked to respect all religions, but I must ask can Allah hear only if you scream on a microphone," news agency ANI quoted as saying in Mangaluru.
Eshwarappa said Hindus pray in temples but do not use loudspeakers. "Hindus also pray in temples. We have more faith than them and it's Bharat mata who protects religions. But if you say that Allah listens only if you pray using a microphone, I must question if He's deaf. This issue must be resolved," he was quoted as saying.
Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said his government will ensure that the apex court order on the use of microphones will be cordially implemented in the state.
"Regarding Azaan, there are Supreme Court and High Court orders, we have already issued circulars to this effect. There are laws about how much decibel (sound) should be there. DG (Director General of police) has already issued a circular,"Bommai had said in April.