In the dead of night, just after a few hours sleep, we are shaken off. It is not a few seconds frightening shake-up that makes us grope to exit points, but laster longer than expected. This kind of onslaught is vigilante-imposed and maintains its regularity, continuity and duration too. It leaves you disjointed virtually. You scream, you cry, you weep, you pound your head. Unbearable. It keeps haunting you, chasing you. No tossing in the bed rids you off the menace. Even suffocated enclosure is no alternative. It penetrates from all confines, from all stuff. Even if you flee from home, it will chase you. Until the very spring from which it emanates dries in moisture. They won't rest till their vocal chords rest. The reprieve comes only when they are satisfied God has descended on the earth and the divine bond between them and Him is `feviquicked'.
We are Muslims, oh no, we are ' pious Muslims' of the sacred month. We have to endure all this vigilantism to invoke Magfirat( forgiveness from God). After all they weep for us, blare for us. They don't ask for bucks, they 'sacrifice' to 'rinse' us from our worldly sins. But what about the other people not believing we believe in. This planet is shared by people of different faiths. Aren't they entitled to calmness of mind. What right we, the 'pious', have to subject them to our whims and views. How can we enforce our self-interpreted sharia on them. Tell us, what they will be feeling about the message of Islam, the very messenger of which the creator of universe Himself has declared ' Rahmatan lil almeen' ( the benevolent of entire universe). The crux of the worship is service to mankind, to exonerate the monster that makes us transgress the forbidden. It is this holy month that makes us adapt to toughest training course. So that in our eleven month 'normal' life we are strong in resistance against all kinds of evil. Entire thrust is to have a through introspection of the soul and blend in communion with the Creator. Seek His guidance and forgiveness. But how? In one word, silence. It places you on best turf to think on Aafaq( universe)and Anfus( self). The ten day Aitkaaf (mediating course) unveils all the blessings of this blessing.
There are only five specific times where you have to call to prayers (give Azan). Each Azan takes, at the most, two minutes. That means ten minutes in 24 hours, where the call from Masjid goes on air. Beyond that any sermon, speech, darood wa azkar has to be within the four walls of the Masjid. The microphone has to be internally adjusted to the audible limits of the inmates in Masjid. The only exception has to be when the gathering necessitates accommodations outside in Masjid compounds. I Stress Masjid compounds. To block roads to hinder traffic movement or put people in trouble does not go in synch with the merits of Jumma Nimaz. We have to understand that of the five prayers, only morning and two evening prayers (with interval of one and half-hours in between) have to be recited, that too in the first two rakats. And all the Sunnah and Nawafil have to be attended in complete silence. After we are done with Namaz, the graceful exit of which is through salam, turning head right and left, it is all individual-specific. Not community togetherness. Remember also, beloved prophet (PBUH) would offer Nawafil at late hours at his home, all in silence and loneliness. Without even disturbing his spouse. In this context what we have turned our Masjids into and how some zealots have been driven to portray Islam according to their own perceptions and myths is both worrying and tragic. It amounts to disfigure the glorious face of Islam and what Prophet Muhammad stood for.
In the world we are in, just an alarm in your mobile makes you to wake up for the Sehri. Now even if someone wants to be extra cautious, a few seconds blare is sufficient. But what we are forced to bear is a complete anti-thesis of Islamic teachings and violation of Ramdhan Code. After a twenty second Wakte Sahar cry from the Masjids, it is nearly an hour blaring from the Masjids that shatters us completely. It snatches us not only from what little is left of our sleep, it disturbs us in connect with our Almighty. It makes an ailing person or a student, preparing for exam, rupture in helplessness. What I said includes all who use loudspeakers of the Masjids to cough out their devotion at different times and occasions. It is not for His Almighty's glorification they pounce on the mike, self glorification they crave for. Let there be no mistake, Allah denounces Riya karee in the strongest words. Such kind of advocates and apologists, Islam hundred times desists itself from. May Allah guide us to right path! After all God is not deaf to approach Him through the microphone. He is nearer to us than the jugular vein—min hablin vareed.
Post-script: at a seminar some two years back, where religious heads and 'scholars' gathered to speak on a certain topic, I , during the tea break, asked about the high decibel Azan calling. I raised the plea, can't Azan be beamed through the microphone within the range of the sound that a man at the fullest stretched vocal cords is supposed to call? Isn't this kind of audibility more feasible than what is blared through all times.