DAMMAN – Should mobile phone jammers be installed in mosques to prevent the outrage of a Bollywood song breaking out when people are deep in prayer?
That was one suggestion made on Tuesday after several people said their Ramadan prayers at mosques often get disturbed by ringing or singing cellphones.
This despite signs at mosques to switch off phones and Imams reminding worshippers again before prayers.
“Mobile jamming devices would be a great idea,” said Abu Saeed, an Egyptian, in support of the suggestion made by Mohammed Musthafa, an Indian. “This would definitely discourage people from bringing phones to the mosques,” Abu Saeed said.
Abu Badar, a Saudi, said it is not uncommon these days to hear at least one mobile phone ring during prayer. “I pray five times and face this mobile ringing problem at least on three or four of those occasions every day,” he said. “Prayers are supposed to have a soothing effect but, by the time I am done and walk out, the result is just the opposite.”
Nizamuddin, a regular worshipper in Dammam’s King Fahd Mosque, said it is disrespectful to have a song playing as a ringtone during prayers. “Anyone who faces this problem could complain to the Department of Islamic Affairs.”
Complaints from Imams about the phones are increasing. Also, arguments and confrontations over the ringing phones inside mosques are not uncommon.