Friski Riana, Jakarta – Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) chairperson Jusuf Kalla announced on Monday that the council will work together with the Ministry of Religious Affairs in regulating the use of sound systems in Mosques nationwide.
He argues that regulating this aspect in social religious relationships is needed considering there are two inner-city houses of worship within a one kilometer perimeter.
"The Religious Ministry and us will together [organize] Mosque sound systems and prevent it from interfering with one another," the former vice president wrote in a statement on October 25.
Jusuf Kalla is confident that establishing a control the use of sound systems will not be difficult as he believes the reach of the Mosque council and Religious Affairs Ministry goes nationwide and into sub-regions.
However, he has not detailed when the plan will be executed and only asserted that this had long been planned and that the public has been made aware of it. The set of guidelines this plans to cover includes the use of speakers for Quran reciting sessions, or pengajian, for adzan (call for prayers), and speakers within Mosque areas.