“Part Of Routine”: Maharashtra Village Unanimously Decides Not To Take Down Loudspeaker From Lone Mosque

Jalna: A largely Hindu community in Maharashtra has overwhelmingly passed a resolution not to remove the loudspeaker from the area’s lone mosque, despite the ongoing debate over azan and mosque loudspeakers. According to the inhabitants, azan is a part of daily life in the village, and no one is bothered by it.

Dhasla-Pirwadi is a gram panchayat in the Jalna district of Maharashtra’s Marathwada region. It has a population of about 2,500 people, including 600 Muslim families. On April 24, a gram sabha was held to commemorate Panchayati Raj Day, and locals unanimously agreed not to remove the mosque’s loudspeaker.

“We villagers belong to all castes. There are around 600 Muslim families here. We have been living in peace and harmony for years and no matter what politics is being played across the country, we decided that it should not impact our relations and traditions,” said Ram Patil, sarpanch of the village.

” Azan has become a way of life for villagers based on which everybody goes on doing his or her routine chores. The villagers start working after the morning azan and take a lunch break after the afternoon one at 1. 30 p.m. The evening azan at 5 p.m. signals the end of the day’s work, the one at 7 p.m. marks the time for dinner and then after the last azan at 8.30 p.m. everybody goes to sleep,” the resolution said.

It added that Zahir Beg Mirza, the maulavi at the mosque, had even told the gram sabha that in case of any objection the volume of the loudspeaker would be lowered.

Mr. Patil stated that villagers, regardless of caste or religion, always participated in celebrations in every family. The locals had asked a Muslim youth to carry the saffron flag at the Mahadev temple during the week-long religious festivities to maintain racial harmony.

When asked if political parties pushed them to enact this resolution, Mr. Patil stated the goal was to keep the hamlet away from the “poisonous politics” going on outside. “We have our political ideas,” he continued, “but we prefer to keep our town out of all of this.”

The Inputs In the News Report Is Taken From THE HINDU 

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