Monday, 23 July, 2012 | 17:39 WIB
Jusuf Kalla To Regulate Volume of Mosque Speakers
TEMPO Interactive, Makassar:Chair of Indonesian Council of Mosques, HM Jusuf Kalla, says he will hold educational presentations on sound system settings or loudspeakers in mosques all over Indonesia. That way, loudspeakers in mosques will be used more considerately.
"What needs regulating is not the type of sound system, but its settings," said JK, Jusuf Kallaís nickname, at his residence on Jalan Monginsidi No. 50, Makassar, on Sunday, July 22, 2012. According to the former vice president, there has been no clear rule on the use of loudspeakers in mosques. As a result, approaching prayer times, the sound from the mosque is very loud. This disturbs some people.
"That is what will be regulated. Iíve asked all mosques not to use tapes to play recitals; people should recite the Al-Quran," he said. The time to recite prior to the call to prayer, JK adds, should last at the longest five minutes. After that, start the call to prayer (adzan), then perform the prayers (shalat). If this is implemented, then the speaker utilization in mosques will be more orderly. "Iíve also asked for the volume to be reduced, reaching ideally only 40 homes from the mosque," he said.
At the event in his house, JK invited the board of the Council of Mosques in South Sulawesi to discuss their activities during the month of Ramadan. Those present included Amin Syam (Chair of the Council of Mosques in South Sulawesi), Aksa Mahmud, Ahmad Sewang, and some religious Muslim leaders and Muslim community leaders in South Sulawesi.
On the same occasion, JK also expressed about uniform adzan time by monitoring radios. "Iíve asked the board to find a radio with a cheap contract," JK said with a laugh.
In addition, JK will coordinate this matter with the Ministries of Religious Affairs and Education. In connection with the plans, JK will also discuss the construction of health posts in mosques. "If there is a disaster, the mosque has always been the foundation of community activities," he said.
Amin Syam, also a former governor of South Sulawesi, promises to disseminate the results of the meeting. He says many mosques must be improved, especially the physical buildings.