Echo-ef­fect in Talawat & Naat recit­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Sakhi Sar­war

AD­VANCE­MENT in tech­nol ogy and in­ven­tion of new au dio / video gad­gets and ap­pli­ca­tions has rev­o­lu­tion­ized not only the art of mu­sic but every­thing which re­lates to the audio / video pre­sen­ta­tions. The im­pact is rather more vis­i­ble af­ter the ac­cess of our vo­cal­ists to the TV chan­nels and other broad­cast­ing out­lets. Some pro­tag­o­nists of the new trends, first of all, added ‘Jhankaar’ in the old clas­sic songs of es­pe­cially the most heard great women artists like Lata Mangeshkar, Madam Noor Ja­han and other pop­u­lar singers. [I don’t know, what was the re­ac­tion of Lata or Noor Ja­han to this tres­pass­ing in their mas­ter­pieces?]. This new trend in mu­sic did not spare even the spir­i­tual and re­li­gious oc­ca­sions of ‘Hamdo-Naat’ and even recita­tions from the holy Qu­ran.

The Mus­lim Ummah and the Pak­istani na­tion de­voutly ob­serve Eide-Mi­lad-un-Nabi, Shab-e-Meraj and ‘Shab-e-Baraat’ with re­li­gious fer­vor and some of the TV chan­nels and ra­dio sta­tions broad­cast special pro­grammes, cre­at­ing spir­i­tual en­vi­rons and set­tings be­fit­ting the events. The an­chors, pre­sen­ters and par­tic­i­pants of­fered ser­mons to high­light the im­por­tance and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of these sa­cred events, es­pe­cially the boun­ties of all Benef­i­cent Almighty Al­lah show­ered upon mankind on these oc­ca­sions.

They spend mil­lions on these pi­ous pro­grammes but the in­ser­tion of the echo-ef­fect by al­most ev­ery TV chan­nel, in the audio of the pi­ous ser­mons, the Talawat-e-Kalam-e-Pak, the Naat-eRa­sool(SAW), rather spoil the spir­i­tual im­pact on the view­ers – thus con­vert­ing a vir­tu­ous act to a mode which amounted to des­e­cra­tion of the sanc­tity of the Great Text and the sub­lime po­etry ded­i­cated to the holi­est per­son(SAW) among the ‘crown of the cre­ations’ – as not a sin­gle word of the holy Qu­ran or Naat Sha­reef is au­di­ble with clar­ity and sharp­ness of sound. The ad­vent of the new mu­si­cal ap­pli­ca­tions is wel­come but can’t we spare the holy Qu­ran and the Naat-e-Ra­sool(SAW)? I do un­der­stand that the elec­tronic gad­getry and am­pli­fiers de­signed and man­u­fac­tured for loud speak­ers ba­si­cally meant for mu­si­cal con­certs etc, are equipped with the pro­vi­sions for ad­ding di­ver­si­fied ef­fects in the audio out­put streams; but un­for­tu­nately the same equip­ment / am­pli­fiers are in­stalled in mosques, Imam bar­gahs and other places of de­vout con­gre­ga­tions.

The op­er­a­tors of the equip­ment, some­times ad­ver­tently but most of the time in­ad­ver­tently, switch it on to the echo mode, thus blur­ring away the Ti­lawat, Naat Khawani and even the ser­mons de­liv­ered by the Imams and the Kha­teebs. I re­quest the re­li­gious schol­ars, the learned Muftis and other knowl­edge­able in­ter­preters of the Is­lamic tra­di­tions to kindly guide the na­tion on the ques­tion as to whether the in­ser­tion of the echo-ef­fect in recita­tions from the holy Qu­ran and recita­tions of the Naat-e-Ra­sool(SAW) is ‘valid’ or ‘in­valid’; doesn’t it amount to the des­e­cra­tion of the words of Al­lah and Zikr of the holy Prophet (SAW), as the sound is jum­bled up and the words are hardly au­di­ble or un­der­stand­able.

The Spirit Of Is­lam

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