With the commencement of Ramadan, Azaan has become more precious than ever for Muslims across the world. Azaan, for the unknown, is a Muslim prayer narrated at the mosques five times a day. However, there is belief associated with Azaan that only Muazzin, who is always a man, can narrate the same.
However, a Pakistani-born Canadain singer and rapper tried to give Azaan her own rendition. Dressed in jeans and top with skin-tattooed, she narrates the Azaan showing that each one of us has the right to pray like a normal person does.
Khan uploaded the video on April 24 and said, “Ramadan Mubarak! As a Karachi born Canadian Pakistani, my memory of the Azaan is ingrained in early childhood experience. The crackling loud speakers, the daily rituals, all part of a youth gone, but not forgotten. It dawned on me this Ramadan that I had never heard the Azaan sung with a woman’s voice, and likely never would.”
But obviously, her attempt was both lauded and criticised on Instagram. Many wrote than a woman isn’t allowed to do Azaan, while others criticised the clothes she donned while doing so.
“Azan is not a song aur larkiyan azan nae deti hai aur is huliye m toh bilkul bhi nae Astagfirullah. (Azan is not a song and women don’t give Azaan, not at all in this attire),” said one of the people in comments.
“Ur head is not covered.. and u r giving azan, as if it is no big deal.! Sorry but u don’t know Islam,” wrote another.
In India, there have been cases when women have been cristiseced for narration the prayer. In November 2018, religious scholars in Kerala staged protests after a school had a play where a girl gave out the Muslim call for prayer.