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'Azaan May be Carried Out,' Says Delhi Police, After Video of Policemen Enforcing 'Ban' Goes Viral

A video of two policemen conversing with a few members of the Muslim community is doing the rounds on social media.

A video of two policemen conversing with a few members of the Muslim community is doing the rounds on social media.

In the video, the policemen can be heard saying that there will be no ‘Azaan’ and this is an order by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Delhi-based journalist and author Saba Naqvi posted the video (now deleted) and asked, “Is azaan during #Ramzaan now not allowed in Delhi?”

According to her tweet, the video is from riots affected Mustafabad. However, if one listens carefully, the policemen can be heard saying, “You go to Rohin Nagar police station and see the order”. The month of Ramzan starts from April 25, 2020.

Alt News has received several requests to fact-check the video.

On our official Android application, the video has been uploaded with the following message – “दिल्ली किराड़ी में रमज़ान में सभी मस्जिदो में आजान नही देने का फरमान पुलिस ने कहा LG साहब का ऑर्डर है” reads the viral text.

[Translation: In Delhi’s Kirari, it has been ordered that there will be no Azaan in all the mosques during Ramzan. Police says that this an order by the LG.]

Fact-check

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took to Twitter and clarified that there is no restriction on Azaan. “In the lockdown, there is a complete ban on assembling of people for prayers in mosques or at any other religious places,” said the Dy. CM.

Delhi police also tweeted that while people are expected to follow the lockdown rules when they are observing Roza and prayers, Azaan may be carried out in accordance with NGT guidelines. “It is requested that namaz may be performed while staying indoors and have Sehri at home,” reads the message posted by Delhi police.

While speaking with BBC Hindi, Rohini DCP SD Mishra said, “I saw the video this morning. Actually, the constable didn’t understand the difference between Azaan and Namaz and made the false claim. Due to social distancing [norms], offering namaz at mosques is prohibited but there is no restriction on Azaan.” He informed that disciplinary action has been taken against the constable for spreading false information. He added, “No such order from the office of Lieutenant Governor has been issued. We have informed the maluvis of all the mosques in the area.”

In Islamic tradition, Muslims are summoned to perform five congregational prayers (Namaz) a day via the Azaan or call to prayer. Due to coronavirus pandemic, congregational prayers are suspended and namaz can be offered at home.

A video of a policeman who falsely claimed that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has issued orders to ban Azaan in mosques has spread panic among the Muslim community.

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