"Residents need the loud noise to tell them the time to do their daily prayers..."
A resident of the 2004 tsunami ravaged Banda Aceh area of Indonesia has reportedly received death threats from his fellow Muslims after he requested they turn down the volume at local mosques, as published by The Jakarta Post on Feb. 17, 2013.
Sayed Hasan was quoted by The Post as stating the loudspeakers might be used as a form of bullying by mosques and that the excessive volume "certainly had disrupted his daily prayers."
Admitting that he suffered from an unidentified illness that was exacerbated by the blaring loudspeakers, Hasan also stated:
"I feel very uncomfortable with the volume they set."
I'm Sorry I Ever Asked...
Reportedly, the death threats came his way after he requested representatives of the Al Muchsinin Mosque, the Banda Aceh city administration, the Islamic Syariah Agency and the Aceh Ulema Consultation Council to asks local mosques to turn down the volume of their loudspeakers.
The mononymous caretaker of the Al Muchisinin Mosque who goes by the singular name of Didik said that he had been "surprised" by Sayed’s request.
As the cantankerous custodian complained:
“Of dozens of people who live in the area, why is it only he who feels disrupted by the sound?
Local residents need the loud noise to tell them the time to do their daily prayers.”
Fearing for his life, Sayed has since retracted his request.
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