Answer by Adnan Zafer: Come on man! Firstly it’s just the azzan and not the prayer that is recited on loudspeaker. It hardly lasts for 3 minutes or so. And you have to admit that the only time at which you would expect one to get disturbed is in the morning at 5 am. More so it’s not like they play some hard metal that it’s so annoying to you? Trust me I have to concentrate hard to listen to the azaan, unless obviously your house is ridiculously close to the mosque.
You can’t simply just bring up rules for mosques being close to hospitals and parks. I have seen numerous temples being there right in the middle of a society playing bhajans on loudspeakers every day. I myself live in Non-Muslim majority area with a Hanuman Mandir in the society playing bhajans (Bollywood songs with changed lyrics in my case) twice a day (at sunrise and sunset). Even the churches ring their bells three times a day.
The point is every religion has its own beliefs and traditions. When you live in a country like India, which propagandizes secularism and it’s vastly diverse cultural heritage as a unique selling proposition, you can’t complain about these things.
You’re not wrong to say that azzan in the morning is disturbing for some but so are the bhajans and church bells. It’s just a difference of perspective. Some might even find the sound of birds chirping in the morning annoying while some may find it peaceful.
As far as your last question is concerned, if you read it again, you might find a possible reason why your question was pegged to be biased. Interestingly you picked three nations which are worse in terms of their treatment to not only Non-Muslims but even to the people of different sects within Islam and even ethnicity in places like Saudi Arabia. But there are other Muslim Majority Nations which allow freedom of religion adhering to democratic principles.
Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia are allowed to practice their religions, build places of worship and even have missionary schools and organizations. Some Muslim countries nationally observe Hindu, Christian and Buddhist holidays like Durga Puja, Maghi Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Ashari Purnima, Christmas, etc.
In Syria, there are about 2.2 million Christians (10-12% of the population) from about 15 different religious and ethnic sects as well as a few dozen Jews. The freedom of religion is well observed by the state law. Christmas and Easter days are official holidays for both the Catholic or Orthodox calendar
All this is when they don’t call themselves secular or connoisseurs of diverse cultural heritage unlike India. If we started suppressing religious freedom like the Muslim dominated countries you mentioned, then there would be no difference between them and us. That is the answer to the last question: We are not them!