Mallapuram, June 15: Kerala’s Mallapuram city mosques have taken a unique initiative to control noise pollution. The authorities from Mallapuram’s Vazhakkad’s 17 mosques have come together to curb the use of loudspeakers at every mosque. The authorities have agreed that only a single Azan will be played for all the 17 mosques in the entire region. They have signed an agreement to keep on with this practice. Also Read - With COVID Guidelines in Place, Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple to Open For Pilgrims From Nov 16
As a part of the agreement, warring Muslim sections, i.e. two factions of Sunni and Mujahid (Salafi), Jamate Islami and Tableeg Jamath, have stopped the use of loudspeakers from last Sunday. Also Read - Air India Express Crash: 600 People Involved in Rescue Operations go Under Quarantine
As reported by Deccan Chronicle, as per the agreement, the single Azan will be called from the biggest mosque in the Mahal, the Valiya Juma Masjid. Other mosques in the region will only repeat it without any use of the loudspeaker. Along with this, they have also come to terms of not using loudspeakers for all other religious programmes in the mosques. Also Read - Air India Express Plane Crash: Airport Authorities May Revive Plans to Extend Kozhikode Runway, Says Report
TP Abdul Azeez, president of the council, said, “The decision was in response to the public opinion that indiscriminate use of loudspeakers had a negative effect on nearby schools, merchants and even public meetings of various organisations and that it should be stopped.”
To unify the timing of Azan of all the mosques, a five-member panel has also been constituted. The timing will be unified in a week when the panel of leaders of all the Muslim groups and Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal would meet.
Azeez further added, “We have already met Sayed Naser Hay, the chief Qazi of Kozhikode, seeking directions on this and he has sought some time to make up his mind.”