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In this May 2016 file photo Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar is seen along with his wife Shabana Azmi at the 63rd National Film Awards function in New Delhi.(PTI)

Javed Akhtar calls himself ‘equal opportunity atheist who is against all faiths’ after offending both sides

Hindustan Times | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Javed Akhtar has called himself an ‘an equal opportunity atheist who is against all kinds of faiths’ after attracting backlash for his comments on loudspeakers being used during azaan.
The state government contended that religious activity by any group using loudspeakers had been restricted across Uttar Pradesh in view of the guidelines for the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.(Photo by Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
The state government contended that religious activity by any group using loudspeakers had been restricted across Uttar Pradesh in view of the guidelines for the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.(Photo by Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

Allahabad HC nod to ‘azaan’ sans loudspeakers

Hindustan Times, Prayagraj | By Jitendra Sarin
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 05:06 PM IST
The court said ‘azaan’ is an integral part of Islam but loudspeakers weren’t part of the religion. With this observation, the bench of justices Shashi Kant Gupta and Ajit Kumar disposed of a public interest litigation filed by the BSP MP from Ghazipur, Afzal Ansari, seeking the lifting of a ban on ‘azaan’ at mosques in Ghazipur.
Azaan is recited by a ‘muezzin’, a man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque at prescribed times of the day. (HT Photo)
Azaan is recited by a ‘muezzin’, a man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque at prescribed times of the day. (HT Photo)

‘No loudspeakers for azaan, only human voice allowed’: UP top court orders

Hindusatn Times, Prayagraj | By Jitendra Sarin | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The court added that such recitation by human voice cannot be hindered under the pretext of violation of the guidelines issued by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Singha alleged that the aim of Azaan inside the Pandal is a “very mean political motive.”(Photo: ANI)
Singha alleged that the aim of Azaan inside the Pandal is a “very mean political motive.”(Photo: ANI)

Organisers booked for ‘playing Azaan’ at Beliaghata’s Durga Puja Pandal

Kolkata | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2019 04:34 PM IST
Advocate Santanu Singha has lodged a complaint with the local police against the organiser of 33 Pally Puja Committee Organiser, Secretary and eight others for “disturbing the peace and tranquillity by playing Azaan in the Puja Pandal.”
Azaan is Adnan Sami’s only son from his first marriage.
Azaan is Adnan Sami’s only son from his first marriage.

Adnan Sami’s son Azaan opens up about why he chooses to work in Pakistan, his father becoming Indian citizen

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 02:55 PM IST
Singer Adnan Sami’s son, Azaan, has spoken about why he continues to work in Pakistan, despite his father becoming an Indian citizen.
Mumbai, India - April 17, 2019: Congress-NCP candidate from the Mumbai Northwest constituency Priya Dutt waves towards supporters during election campaign at Santa Cruz in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - April 17, 2019: Congress-NCP candidate from the Mumbai Northwest constituency Priya Dutt waves towards supporters during election campaign at Santa Cruz in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Daughters of North Central’ clash in a battle of ideologies

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 07:05 AM IST
Both the candidates, dressed in Indian attire and flanked by a large number of supporters, don’t escape comparison with their illustrious fathers.
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