Jakarta, Ta. 23. November, 2021 Tuesday
Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, is now rethinking the use of loudspeakers in mosques.
Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical council has decided to review the rules and regulations for the use of loudspeakers in mosques as people have been complaining about the use of loudspeakers for the past few days.
About 270 million people live in Indonesia, and 80 percent of them are Muslims. There are around 6.25 lakh mosques. An order was issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs in 1987 and it is considered ideal for loudspeakers in mosques.
However, the Muslim Clerical Council has said that the guidelines for the use of loudspeakers in mosques will be reconsidered. Most of the mosques in the country use loudspeakers for azaan.
“The Muslim Clerical Council has addressed the concerns of the people and we feel that the guidelines given earlier are not being followed properly,” government spokesman Masduki Baidlowi told a news conference.
Religious Affairs Minister Yakut Cholil Kumas has also said that loudspeakers in mosques should be used with more care and discretion.