17 mosques in Kerala will give only one Azan

Srinagar, June 14: The authorities of 17 mosques at Vazhakkad in Malappuram district of Kerala have decided to pronounce Azan, the Muslim call to prayer, at a single mosque in the district, Deccan Chronicle reported today.

They have agreed that there will be only a single Azan for all the 17 mosques in the entire region and have signed an agreement to keep the practice intact, the report said.

Interestingly, the 17 mosques are managed by different schools of thought: Tableeg-i-Jamaat, Salafis and Jamaat-e-Islami, the report said. The mosques have stopped the use of loudspeakers from last Sunday as part of the agreement.

“According to the arrangement,  the single Azan will be called from the Valiya Juma Masjid, the biggest mosque in the Mahal, the local Muslim council. The rest of the mosques would only repeat it without noise. Besides integrating the Azan five times a day,  the use of loudspeakers for all other religious programmes in these mosques has also stopped. There are seven mosques run by various groups in the Vazhakkad town alone besides 10 others in the interior places,” the report 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,” T.P Abdul Azeez, president of the council, was quoted by the report as saying.

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