Indonesian Minister of Religion Compares Sound from Mosque Loudspeaker to Dog Barking to Explain Speaker Rules

- 24 February 2022 21:42 WIB
A yellow mosque (Unsplash/Misbahul Aulia)
A yellow mosque (Unsplash/Misbahul Aulia)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas finds himself under the spotlight after comparing the sound of a mosque speaker with the barking of a dog when delivering an explanation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques.

Yaqut said that one of the reasons for the regulation was to make relations between religious believers more harmonious.

During a visit to Pekanbaru on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, he insisted that he did not prohibit Muslim houses of worship from using loudspeakers.

"This circular was issued with the aim that no other religious community would be disturbed. We know that (the use of speakers in mosques) is a symbol of the Islamic religion, but of course, it must be regulated. The volume should not be loud, a maximum of 100 decibels," said Qoumas.

In addition, he also said that the time the loudspeakers could be used should also be regulated, either after or before the call to prayer was sounded.

"How to use speakers inside or outside the mosque is also regulated. There is no prohibition. This rule was made solely to make our society more harmonious," Qoumas explained.

According to him, this guideline also aims to increase benefits and reduce things that are not useful. This is because in areas in Indonesia that are predominantly Muslim, almost every 100-200 meters, there is a mosque or musalla.

"Let's imagine, I'm a Muslim, I live in a non-Muslim environment, then their house of worship rings the prayer loudly five times a day simultaneously, how does that feel?" Yaqut asked.

He then compared it with a neighbor's dog barking.

"Another example, if all our neighbors on the left, right, front and back of our house, all keep dogs in their houses, and they're barking at the same time, won't we feel disturbed? This means that we must regulate all sounds, so they don't become a nuisance," said Qoumas.

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Editor: Djauhari Effendi

Source: Pikiran Rakyat

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