The Karnataka State Board of Auqaf (wakf) has restricted the managements of mosques and dargahs from utilizing loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The board, in a round dated March 9, 2021, cited the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, and stated loudspeakers used throughout daytime shall adhere to ambient air high quality requirements in respect of noise.
The round issued by the board’s Chief Executive Officer said that the rising ambient noise degree round many mosques and dargahs owing to use of generator units, loudspeakers, and public tackle techniques have a deleterious impact on the well being and psychological well-being of individuals.
The situation of use of loudspeakers in mosques had been raised sometimes in varied courts throughout the nation. It is “heartening” to notice that some of the mosques are adhering to the principles scrupulously, the round said, and added that “paramount significance” is hooked up by Islam to harmonious and sustainable safety of pure setting.
The directions issued to the managements of mosques and dargahs for “strictest compliance” stated that loudspeaker shall be used just for azan and necessary bulletins comparable to dying, timing of burial, and sighting of the moon, throughout daytime.
Congregational namaz, Friday sermons, non secular, and socio-cultural and knowledge-based capabilities shall be held with audio system put in on the non secular premises. Noise governing equipment could also be put in in the establishment in session with native setting officers. No sound-emitting fire-crackers shall be burnt in or across the mosque or dargah, the round stated.
The round additionally requested the managements to discourage beggary on the non secular premises and as an alternative organise counselling or philanthropic measures on the institutional degree.