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Azaan is important, not loudspeakers: Sonu Nigam

The Bollywood singer shaves his head to answer Muslim cleric’s ‘fatwa’

19 Apr 2017, 17:03 | updated: 19 Apr 2017, 19:21

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Singer Sonu Nigam has shaved his head after a Fatwa was issued announcing 10 Lakh rupees for anyone who shaves Nigam’s head.

The Bollywood singer held a press conference at his residence where he clarified his statements and told the media about his intentions in tweeting his message on a public forum.

He said, ‘Everyone has a right to opinion. You have to be considerate. In the end, I just want to say that come above these small little controversies and try understanding the bigger picture.’

When he was asked as to why he only targeted the ‘Azaan’ and did not include other religions in his tweets, he said, ‘I didn’t target any particular religion. I am not saying that Azaan or bhajans should not happen, I want to say that loudspeakers should not be played during wee hours of the day. Azaan is important, not loudspeakers!’

Under pressure from various quarters, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday offered to apologise if his recent controversial tweets were found to be ‘anti-Muslim’, reports IANS.

In a series of tweets clarifying his position, Nigam said: ‘For those who are tainting my tweets anti-Muslim, tell me one place where I have said anything related, and I’ll apologise.’

He claimed that when he spoke about loudspeakers, he had mentioned temples and gurudwaras too.

‘Is it that hard to comprehend? Loosen up guys.’

Referring to a West Bengal cleric’s ‘fatwa’ offering Rs.10 lakhs to shave off Nigam’s head, the singer hit back: ‘Today at 2 p.m, Aalim will come to my place and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulvi.’

This afternoon, he is likely to address the media and clarify his position on the tweets which kicked up a row.

On Monday, Nigam blew up a controversy when he lashed out as ‘forced religiousness’ in India after being woken up the aazaan’ (Muslim calls for prayer) from a mosque near his home.

‘God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India,’ Nigam posted on Twitter on Monday.

Further clarifying his stance, Nigam wrote: ‘And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam...Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?

‘I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity to wake up people who don’t follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus.’

He went on to tag Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to look into the matter.

‘Dear Devendra Fadnavis please note and help us force police to act against illegal blaring of Azaan and other such activities,’ he added.

He was trolled by Muslim community members and organizations with protests and some planning to move court against him.

 

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