For past two days, social media is abuzz with the discussion over Sonu Nigam’s tweet on Azaan. Sonu tried to raise his opinion over the issue of using loudspeakers at religious places, but unfortunately, received flak from the audience. To an extent that a Maulavi issued a fatwaa against the singer and openly challenged him.
Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice president, West Bengal Minority United Council had announced an open challenge to all stating, “If anyone can shave his (Sonu Nigam’s) hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person.”
In response to this, Sonu Nigam shaved off his hair and called for a press conference to clear all the air over his tweets. He clarified that his comments were not against any religion but against the loudspeakers used at religious places, He stated, “Everyone has right to his opinion and I only spoke about loudspeakers. I spoke about a social issue, not any religion. I said it for temples, gurudwaras and mosques, why is it so hard to comprehend?”
Apart from that he also spoke on how people are blaming him for not adding Sahab after Mohammad in his tweets. “People are asking why I said Mohammad and not Mohammad Sahab in my tweets. Well, I would like to explain that it is the problem of explaining myself in English language. In Hindi I will see Krishnaji or Shivji but while speaking in English it becomes Krishna or Shiva. It was the same when mentioning Mohammad. My intent was not to slam the prophet in any way,” he clarified.
Hair dresser Aalim Hakim carried out the process of cutting his hair. Here Sonu stated, “I want to say this once again, what Aalim bhai is doing is not some agitation. Don’t feature it like that. Don’t portray it like a challenge. This is not some challenge. This is to tell you that baal kaatne wala Mussalman hai aur jiske baal katwane ka fatwa diya gaya hai woh Hindu hai. There is no animosity. I’m not cutting my hair against my will. I’m telling my Musalmaan bhai to cut my hair. If we interpret the talk of fatwa with love and if you’ll understand what I have said then that is wonderful.”
Later the news agency ANI got in touch with the Maulavi and he said that he will not pay Rs 10 lakh to Sonu Nigam as he has not completed the challenge. He stated,
Here are the pictures of Sonu Nigam from the press conference.
Sonu Nigam calls for a press conference to clear his stand over Azaan.