Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period? Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 18, 2017
Of Mr Patel's comment that loud speakers aren't important, Sonu Nigam tweeted: "This is how sensible people interpret an issue. Respect, Mr Ahmed Patel. It is not about azaan or aarti, it is about loudspeaker."
Mr Nigam was woken unceremoniously by the early morning call to prayer on Monday morning and posted a series of increasingly grumpy tweets, ending by describing the use of loudspeakers as 'gundagardi':
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India? Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?? Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?? Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus...? Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Sonu Nigam's tweets jolted Twitter out of its Monday blues and into a breathless frenzy of activity. He was savaged by several users who read his posts as being critical of Islam, and by others who objected to the terms he couched his tweets in. Mr Nigam also received support from many users who agreed that loudspeakers had little to contribute to anything but noise pollution at temples, mosques and gurudwaras. In a comical side-effect, actor Sonu Sood was trolled in Sonu Nigam's stead by those who couldn't tell the difference. "I am still wondering WHO said WHAT and to WHOM and WHO'S asking me to find out WHAT happened WHERE," tweeted a bewildered Mr Sood after being tagged in tweets calling for #BoycottSonu.
Sonu Nigam is best known for songs like Tanhayee, Suraj Hua Maddham, Main Hoon Na and Kal Ho Naa Ho. He has recently judged music reality show Indian Idol 9 and also collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar on his singing debut.